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                                    Fritz PAGEL

At some time in 2005 a brown envelope was dropped in at the Portsmouth Synagogue which contained private  and personal documents evidently belonging to a Mr Fritz PAGEL

 

We would like to find the rightful depository for these documents as a memorial to him. Details are shown
below, but first we would like to list information we have gleaned since first posting this search notice:

Fritz PAGEL was born on 30 Nov 1895.

It appears that at one time he lived at 7 Elgin Mansions, Elgin Ave London W.9, together with his 2nd wife, a widow, formerly from Berlin, and also a Shoa survivor.
Fritz had a brother Kurt, and a sister Charlotte HESTER (nee) Pagel.
Kurt has a son Leslie PAGEL - born 1944 - his whereabouts are unknown at this stage.

 

The documents contained:

 

 

22  Nov 1894

 

Birth certificate issued for 31 Jan 1866 birth of Adolphine daughter of businessman Theodor Hirsch LEWIN and his wife Rieke-Friederike nee WOLFF

 

 

9 Sep 1921

 

Berlin Marriage cert. Fritz PAGEL and Henny nee MICHAELIS

 

 

 

14 Aug 1924

Birth certificate Berlin of son Guenter Bertold PAGEL

Father: Fritz PAGEL

Mother: Henny nee MICHAELIS

 

 

24 Jul 1934

 

 

Pictures of scenes from the Riesengebirge, C

13 May 1945 – 2/7/45

Hospital temperature chart & medical notes

 

6 Jun 1945

 

Doctors certificate Camp Dora for treatment following frostbite to both hands contracted in the concentration camp and the amputation of the right arm

Fritz PAGEL No. 106217 (135396) – he has been in the hospital since 23 Feb 1945

 

 

15 Jun 1945

 

Barrack Pass – Nationality English – entitled to enter & leave Artillery Barracks , Brussels

 

 

 

 

Abt. 1945

 

Admission card No. 20493 to Hospital Universitaire Saint-Pierre

In Brussells, Belgium

Dr. Michez, Physiotherapy services

 

 

Abt 1945

 

Envelope posted from Cpl. Julian A MILKES (?) 3?57090?

Hqtrs USFET (Main) G-4 Sec

APO 757 US Army

Addressed to

M. Fritz PAGEL

15 Pasteur Garden

London Edmonton

England

 

 

30 Aug 1945

 

Doctors certificate Hospital Universitaire Saint-Pierre in Brussells, Belgium, Fritz PAGEL re treatment

 

 

9 Oct 1945

 

Doctors certificate Hospital Universitaire Saint-Pierre in Brussells, Belgium, Fritz PAGEL has been in hospital 2 Aug 1945 – 9 October 1945

 

 

Apr. 1962

 

 

Photograph Venice, St Marcus Square

 

May 1962

 

Photograph Beersheba, Israel

 

 

 

Photograph 6547-C6 of memorial stone in loing memory of Henny PAGEL nee MICHAELIS who perished with her children Guenter and Judith in Auschwitz in 1943/44

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In loving memory of Kurt WOLLSTEIN who perished in Auschwitz in 1943

 

On back – address remnant NNARD TEXTILE LTD

4 Charterhouse Buildings

….L Road   London EC1

 

 

Testimony of a survivor:-

 

“What happened after the notorious 9th November (in German)

Written from 7 Elgin Mansions, Elgin Ave London W.9,”

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Testimony of a survivor:-

 

“What happened after the notorious 9th November (in German)

Written from 7 Elgin Mansions, Elgin Ave London W.9,”

 

 

Translation of a letter by Mr. Fritz Pagel.

 

7 Elgin Mansions

 

Elgin Avenue

 

London W 9

 

What happened after the notorious 9th of November

 

Understandingly my efforts to emigrate increased however the prospects decreased more and more.

 

The business in which I worked already for years with great pleasure was dissolved and Mr. Schloss with whom I became friends after a very short time went to America via England. Mr Cahn in Berlin organised a larger emigration plan to Brazil, which I joined in the hope soon to be able to leave German soil.

 

The possibilities were available and confirmed because Mr. Cahn, who had organised this with a certain Mr. Briefer, pave me the best impression. To confirm that the business was O.K. these gentlemen obtained a visa and travelled together with their .families to Brazil as so called initiators and mediators.

 

I, together with a few other very serious gentlemen, took over the project, sacrificed time and money until the beginning of 1941, alas without the hoped for results.

 

When I look back today and think of the joined efforts of the parti­cipating friends I cannot hold anything against any of them who are alas no longer alive these days. Because if those of our Jews had not been sitting so tightly on their money bags they would not have died on them.

 

The circumstances became increasingly worse for the Jews who had remained in Germany and the time came that the circle of friends became smaller even as a result of deportation.

 

On top of all the misery (forgive me for putting it like this) our daughter was born who was called Judith.

 

My eldest. Guenter, who in the meantime had become a grown up, had learned alas too early about the harshness of life. One day the two of us landed up at the lathe at Siemens & Halske where we with many others in the "Jewish department" had to earn our daily bread. We worked there during the years 1941 and 1942 managed within a short time to become fitters of lathes which gave us much relief.

 

However the situation became increasingly more intolerable and I began looking; for a suitable opportunity to go "underground". This possibility was given to us by a genuine Christian who proved himself to be a real friend to us.  A previous neighbour named Gustke from the Trier street made his piece of land near Straussberg available to us without wanting a penny for it.

 

On the 2nd of January 1943 we disappeared from our house and travelled to Herrensee near Straussberg where we lived a hard but often also a lovely life as we were as yet all together and did not have any idea that within a few months fate would involve us in a horrible way. We thought ourselves to be safe until one Sunday, the last in the month of June it became obvious to us that we had been betrayed. We still had a little time which I used to look for accommodation further a field in which I partly succeeded .

 

We cleared off in the early morning hours; again kindly received by good people with whom we could alas not stay very long because they lived in the middle of the town and there were four of us. Again we had to search further and this time we decided to split up and live separately.

 

I found something for Guenter who had anyhow several addresses where he could have stayed and I also found somewhere for myself, however nothing permanent for Henny and the child.

 

When again we were searching for a "shelter" we were arrested, in the street and handed over in the Grosse Hamburger street, the .former old peoples home. Guenter knew about it and we were glad that the boy was not with us. He was our great pride and we knew he was well looked after because he had several locations where he could stay.

 

It was on the third day of our stay in the reception camp when around '10 'clock in the evening the door of our room opened and to our greatest shock and surprise our boy stood in the doorway: he had volunteered to come. Do not let me describe the scene which took place, we were too upset.

 

However Guenter had only one answer : "I will not let you go alone into the unknown", your path is also mine". These were words I will never in my life forget and which at that time completely disarmed us. The duration of our stay lasted for four weeks and we all believed we would end up in a labour camp. This belief was also reinforced by the Jewish management of the camp.

 

However this "house of cards" soon collapsed because when we arrived in Auschwitz, the name of which did not mean anything to us, we were immediately met by the SS and all our hopes were destroyed.

 

We had the great fortune of being able to stay a few hours together until shortly after midnight. Then we were separated from women and children and this separation was to be for ever. As Guenter and I learned later Henny and the child were moved that same night while the two of us were taken to the labour camp. There we were inseparable until January 1944. We supported each other and were a great help for each other and while I am writing this at this moment I can only say that my son has endured everything like a man in spite of his young age

 

I had always believed I would witness the end of this gruesome time together with him, however fate would decide otherwise.

 

In January 1944 Guenter became ill, a double pneumonia made an untimely end to his far too young life. I was destined to live on in spite of the fact that between January and May 1944 I contracted three times pneumonia. I vegetated on and had only one wish that soon everything would end.

 

The worst however had still to come and when nowadays I think back I do not know which is a dream, the experience I went through or life as it is now.

 

On 18th January 1945 our camp with 12,000 men was ordered to march to Gleiwitz, where on 21st January we were loaded like cattle in open coal wagons. These wagons were partly to be our shelter for the next 10 days and 9 nights at a temperature of 25 degrees frost.

 

Forgive me for not depicting the horrible scenes that took place in the wagon which was overloaded with 'H+0 men, but perhaps the reader can understand a little when I tell him that of the 6000 men trans­ported only 2500 reached their destination. It was in one of the infamous KZ's "Dora" in Nordhausen/Harz where I was to have further experiences "learning to suffer without complaining" .

 

I arrived there with partly frozen fingers and after the little finger of the right hand had been removed I got a phlegmon (tumour or inflam­mation of the cellular vein) in the right arm, which made it necessary to amputate the right arm. Believe me after the arm had been amputated I felt more than pleased which says indeed more than describing the suffering in detail.

 

This happened precisely 5 weeks before the liberation by the Americans which took place on the 11th of April 1945-

 

Nobody in the camp who witnessed this hour will ever forget it. I stayed there until mid June and then went to Belgium with an American hospital train. From there I got in contact with my mother and brothers and sister who I knew to be in London.  Thank God all were well and after I underwent another amputation to improve my condition I arrived here on the 12th October 1945.

 

The joy of our reunion was great but was alas overshadowed by the great loss which I and all of us bad suffered. Everyone who knew Henny and the boy could understand what I had lost.

 

During that first year I lived with my brother's family and my mother and there I had the emotional and physical care which I needed so much. It was my youngest brother Kurt who got our mother and his fiancé over here in March 1959 and he married in 19^0 arid now has a delightful son of 5 years old.

 

Slowly on I regained my spirits, met old acquaintances and friends from the erstwhile so beautiful Berlin amongst whom George Gross who had treated me very well and who even took me in for a while.

 

it was around this time that through my sister I came in. contact with a lady whose husband I had known in Berlin for several years and. whose brother and family had lived with mine in the same house for ten years..

 

The husband died in Auschwitz, and so our fates brought us soon together. Since two ,years we are married and I may well say that I could not have been given a better person, a wife who does everything to make me forget the suffering and the past. We have a very comfortable home in the West end of London, a home which I never believed I could have. From this home my wife runs her dress salon and this business has provided her with a good living.

 

I am working in the business of M&S Haar, previously Brothers Haar, Berlin and so we both try to rebuild our life and to make the most of it.

 

And now in order to complete the picture I should not forget my sister who since two years is happily married and had just had her first son.

 

With this I shall close my news letter hoping that I will not have bored the reader too much.

 

I have had so many requests for detailed news That I could not have fulfilled my obligation in any other way than in this. I gratefully thank all of you who are so dear to me for your affectionate thoughts and I send my best wishes for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimony of a survivor:-

 

Translation of What happened after the notorious 9th November (in English)

Written from 7 Elgin Mansions, Elgin Ave London W.9,

 

 

(1945 mother, brothers and sister in London, arrived England 12 Oct 1946.  Youngest brother Kurt 

2nd wife  runs a dress salon, he works at M&S Haar – prv. Brothers Haar, Berlin)

 

 

 

 

 

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Pagel Fritz 

BERLIN 

BERLIN 

BERLIN 

GERMANY 

1895 

list of deportation from Berlin 

Pagel Guenther 

BERLIN 

BERLIN 

BERLIN 

GERMANY 

1924 

list of deportation from Berlin 

Pagel Henny 

BERLIN 

BERLIN 

BERLIN 

GERMANY 

1897 

list of deportation from Berlin 

 

 

Source

    

Gedenkbuch Berlins der juedischen Opfer des Nazionalsozialismus, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Zentralinstitut fuer sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Edition Hentrich, Berlin 1995

Last Name

    

PAGEL

First Name

    

FRITZ

Date of Birth

    

30/11/1895

Permanent residence

    

BERLIN,BERLIN,BERLIN,GERMANY

Address of Permanent Residence

    

WEISSENSEE - TRARBACHER STR. 4

Key to Transport

    

Transport from Berlin to Auschwitz on 04/08/1943

Material type

    

list of deportation from Berlin

 

 

Full Record Details for Pagel Judis

 

Source

    

Gedenkbuch - Opfer der Verfolgung der Juden unter der nationalsozialistischen Gewaltherrschaft in Deutschland 1933-1945, Bundesarchiv (German National Archives), Koblenz 1986

Last Name

    

PAGEL

First Name

    

JUDIS

Date of Birth

    

09/07/1940

Permanent residence

    

BERLIN,BERLIN,BERLIN,GERMANY

Place of Death

    

AUSCHWITZ,CAMP

Victim's status end WWII

    

MISSING

Material type

    

list of victims from Germany

 

Full Record Details for Pagel Henny

 

Source

    

Pages of Testimony

Last Name

    

PAGEL

First Name

    

HENNY

Maiden Name

    

MICHAELIS

Father's First Name

    

JACOB

Mother's First Name

    

AMALIE

Gender

    

Female

Date of Birth

    

25/03/1897

Place of Birth

    

BERLIN,BERLIN,BERLIN,GERMANY

Spouse's First Name

    

FRITZ

Permanent residence

    

BERLIN,BERLIN,BERLIN,GERMANY

Place during the war

    

BERLIN,BERLIN,BERLIN,GERMANY

Place of Death

    

AUSCHWITZ,CAMP

Material type

    

Page of Testimony

Submitter's Last Name

    

PAGEL

Submitter's First Name

    

FRITZ

Relationship to victim

    

HUSBAND

Registration date

    

21/11/1979

 

 

 

 

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Full Record Details for Pagel Guenther

 

Source

    

Gedenkbuch Berlins der juedischen Opfer des Nazionalsozialismus, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Zentralinstitut fuer sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Edition Hentrich, Berlin 1995

Last Name

    

PAGEL

First Name

    

GUENTHER

Date of Birth

    

14/08/1924

Age

    

20

Permanent residence

    

BERLIN,BERLIN,BERLIN,GERMANY

Address of Permanent Residence

    

WEISSENSEE - TRARBACHER STR. 4

Destination of Deportation

    

AUSCHWITZ,CAMP

Key to Transport

    

Transport from Berlin to Auschwitz on 04/08/1943

Place of Death

    

AUSCHWITZ,CAMP

Date of Death

    

17/01/1944

Material type

    

list of deportation from Berlin

 

We hope to find a suitable home for these documents

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