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Sam Fried Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0129

Scope and Contents

These eleven volumes were compiled by Holocaust survivor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Sam Fried in 2013. Through thousands of pages of documents including letters, speeches, photographs, and other material, Fried shared the story of his life with his wife and fellow Holocaust survivor Magda Fried, and philanthropist and wife Frances Fried. The books as titled by Fried are: A-5053 Sam Fried Holocaust Survivor; A-5854 Magda Chunovic Fried, Feb 14, 1929 To Nov 4, 1985; A-5053 Sam Fried Society of Survivors, Inc. (7/11/79) Book 1; A-5053 Sam Fried Society of Survivors, Inc. (7/11/79) Book 2; A-5053 Government Documents, Proclamations and Awards; A-5053 Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust Education Fund; A-5053 Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust Education Fund Book 2; A-5053 Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust Education Fund Book 3; A-5053 Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance (JAMA) (2006) and Ride to Remember (2008); A-5053 Nebraska Holocaust Memorial Dedicated April 15, 2017; and A-5053 Sam Fried Holocaust Index.

The collection also includes copies of six video recordings of Magda and Sam Fried sharing their experiences as survivors of the Holocaust. In "Rising City” Magda Fried shares her experiences as a survivor in a 30-minute video, which was probably a home movie. The recording "Magda and Sam Fried – Holocaust Survivors" is Magda and Sam Fried being interviewed by Cookie Hoberman for a television program in Omaha, Nebraska. These and other recordings appear to have been copied from DVDs and were received in the .vob file format. It is presumed the original recordings were videocassette tapes, either home movies or professional.


  • Creation: 1925-2013
  • Digitized: 2018


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The family has opted to retain copyright.

Any request for a non-educational or commercial usage of the Donated Materials shall be submitted in writing to the Donors and shall require the written approval of the majority of the Donors or any successor to a Donor appointed by the Donor. In the event that any of the Donors or their successors shall fail to appoint a successor, then any request for a non-educational or commercial usage shall require the majority consent of the remaining Donors or their successors.

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


3.2 Cubic Feet (11 volumes in 2 records center cartons and 4 boxes)

1 Gigabytes (video recordings in .vob file format) : 6 moving images

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Collection has not yet been arranged and described.

Custodial History

The books were received from the home of Frances Fried on February 1, 2018. The donation agreement was finalized on February 22, 2019.

The video recordings were transferred to UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections via Google Drive sharing by Susan Fried in February 2019. It is unknown when the original videos and any subsequent copies were digitized.

Physical Description

The books are a matched set of expanding two-post binders with black fabric covers and title pages created by Sam Fried. The books contain a variety of letters, notes, news clippings, event programs, organizational records, personal papers, documents, certificates, and other papers. Most of the documents are original, and some of them are reproductions. Each item within the book is encapsulated in an 8.5" x 11" plastic sleeve.

Sam Fried Papers
Angela Kroeger
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3rd edition

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States