- Materials collected by Ernest Fiedler (1922-2003), originally of Breslau, Germany, during his military service with the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps in the European Theatre, during World War II. Includes one album of photographs and patches, dating from the period of his service in the U.S. Army; and various documents, including identification cards, special orders, and memoranda, related to his Army service.
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anita and Marc Fiedler
- Collection Creator
- Ernest Fiedler
Ernest Fiedler (1922-2003) was born on 25 February 1922 in Breslau, Germany, the only child of Max and Louis (nee Kochanowski) Fiedler. Max Fiedler owned an antique business on the central town square, and the family lived in an apartment above that. With the increasing anti-Semitism following the Nazi rise to power, Ernest was prohibited from attending public school in 1936, and he worked as an assistant in various jobs related to the arts. Max Fiedler was jailed on false charges that he manipulating accounting documents in his business. Louisa Fiedler was able to obtain visas for the family to immigrate to the United States, on the basis of an affidavit from her brother, Bernard Kochan, who lived in New Haven, Connecticut. The Fiedlers arrived in the United States in October 1938, and settled in New Haven, where Max and Louisa opened a pawn broker business, while Ernest trained to be a photo processor. In 1943, Ernest joined the United States Army, and was assigned to the Counterintelligence Corps, where he eventually was based in Bavaria in the immediate postwar years. Upon returning to the United States following his discharge, he took over his family's pawn shop, and worked there until retirement in the 1970s. He died in New Haven on 4 November 2003.
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Keywords & Subjects
- Corporate Name
- United States. Army. Counter Intelligence Corps
- Holder of Originals
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Legal Status
- Permanent Collection
- Gift of Anita and Marc Fiedler, 2017.
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- 2023-08-25 16:41:50
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Also in Ernest Fiedler collection
The collection consists of dog tags, patches, documents, a photograph album, photographs, and a publication relating to the experiences of Ernest Fielder, before the war in Breslau, Germany, which his family left for the United States in 1938, and during his service in the United States Army Counterintelligence Corps during and after World War II.
Military dogs tags issued to Ernest Fiedler, who served in the the United States Army Counterintelligence Corps. He and his family left Nazi Germany for the US in 1938.
Album of cloth photographs of film stars with biographies brought with Ernest Fiedler when he left Nazi Germany with his family in 1938. He later served in the United States Army Counterintelligence Corps.