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Herman F. Fritzenkotter Papers, 1941-1990 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Herman F. Fritzenkotter Papers, 1941-1990Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Fritzenkotter, Herman F. (1923-2009)

Extent: 1.21 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 02/01/2011. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Photograph albums, World War, 1939-1945--Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Herman F. Fritzenkotter Papers primarily document Fritzenkotter’s military service during the Second World War.  The collection includes scrapbooks composed of photographs, news clippings, and letters; service medals, including the Bronze Star; photographs of several of Fritzenkotter’s sculptures, and several military artifacts.  As a soldier in the 8th Infantry Regiment, Fritzenkotter took part in numerous battles in both France and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge.  His scrapbooks capture camp life as well as the devastation of war.  Of particular interest are candid photographs of soldiers before and after battle; as well as graphic photographs of concentration camps during liberation.  These scrapbooks also contain photographs from Fritzenkotter's later visits to various battle sites decades after the end of the war.  The collection also includes several German military artifacts, including a ceremonial dagger as well as a German map and leather map case. Although the collection is arranged alphabetically, the artifacts are not in any particular order.

Biographical Note

Herman Fredrick Fritzenkotter was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1923.  Two years later his family moved to San Diego.  Fritzenkotter graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1941 and enrolled at San Diego State College that same year.  Shortly thereafter, he left college to join the Merchant Marines.  In September of 1943, he enlisted with the United States Army.  He was sent to Europe where he served as Message Center Chief for the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th (Ivy) Division.  Fritzenkotter and his regiment saw action in Normandy, Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland, and in Central Europe.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 1945 for bravery on the field.

After the war, Fritzenkotter returned to San Diego State College where he was an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. In 1949, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art.  A year later he married Patricia Allard. Fritzenkotter worked as an industrial canvas salesman, and created wood sculptures in his spare time.  During his semi-retirement, he and his wife travelled throughout Europe, returning to many of the battlefields he had fought at.  He remained active at San Diego State as a member of the Retirement Association, Alumni Association, and the President’s Leadership Fund.

Fritzenkotter died on May 29, 2009.  He had two children, Kurt and Anna.

Subject/Index Terms

Photograph albums
World War, 1939-1945--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2011-008, 2011-062

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Patricia Allard Fritzenkotter

Related Materials:

World War II San Diego State College Servicmen's Correspondence Collection

Robert M. Briggs Papers

Breo Freeman World War I Photograph Collection

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Herman F. Fritzenkotter Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],

Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: US Military Dagger, c. 1940sAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Ceremonial German Dagger (possibly Luftwaffe), c. 1940sAdd to your cart.
Item 3: German Gas Mask Fe-42, c. 1942Add to your cart.
Item 4: Enlisted Man's German Belt and Belt Buckle with "Gott Mit Uns" engraved on it, c. 1940sAdd to your cart.
Item 5: German Maps Porfolio, c. 1940sAdd to your cart.
Item 6: German Officer's Leather Map Case with Ruler, c. 1940sAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Two Leather D Ring Belt Loop StrapsAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Piece of Camouflage (torn)Add to your cart.
Item 9: Cloth-backed German map (karte: 647), c. 1940sAdd to your cart.

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