Supplement to the "Mager Book" 1935
the Casualties of the War
Unfortunately it is impossible to relate in detail the wartime fate of the
large number of our clan who were drawn by the Second World War into its
horrors, as was done in the first Mager Book.
Of those who were of "Service Age," there was hardly a one that was spared war service.
And of those, hardly any avoided the fate of a more or less lengthy and
difficult period in a prison camp(38). Merely
their names are cited here, so far as they have become known to the archivist:
Mager(39): Albrecht E - Alfred S
- Anton E - Attilio E - August F - Bernhard E - Erwin D - Hans-Erich F -
Heinrich F - Helmut D - Helmut F - Hermann E - Jörg E - Josef J - Kurt D - Kurt
F - Leo D - Matthias E - Otward E - Raimund E - Siegfried E - Theo F - Viktor D
- Winfried E - Xaver E.
Asta, Gustavo E - Gfrörer, Christian Z - Herzog, Lorenz F - Krezer, Emil D - Ress, Fritz E - Schneider D - Storz, Franz D - Würthner, Richard D.
Next we cite those of our clan who gave their lives in the World Wars.
In the First World War:
Guido Mager, Munich (1896 - 1917) - Rupert Mager, Deisslingen (1887 - 1914) - Wilhelm Mager, Deisslingen (1893 - 1915) - Gottfried Graf, Pfohren (1887 - 1918). Their fate during the war is recorded in the first Mager Book.
Those sacrificed to the Second World War:
Erwin Arnold Mager, born in Deisslingen on January 19, 1925.
He learned painting in Deisslingen, and in 1942 passed his trade society
exams with a mark of "Very Good."
From January to June, 1943, he completed his national work requirement in
Weil-Friedlingen, and was then assigned to the Mountain Rangers in Garmisch.
His further training was done on the French-Italian border.
In 1944 he went to Russia (middle front) with a machine gun company of
the 204th ranger regiment. In the
beginning of May he was promoted to Private First Class, and soon thereafter
suffered a granade injury. After a
second similar injury he went to the field hospital in Kielce, where he
subsequently developed a complicating illness which brought his young life to an
end on September 9, 1944. He was
laid to rest in a soldier's cemetery in Kielce.
(Footnote 38) The accompanying
letters designate the family branch (see the descendants list), for example E =
= Deisslingen, etc.
(Footnote 39) It should be
mentioned that one of these was actually held in a German prison camp:
Staff Physician Dr. Attilio Mager (see page 32)
(Photo) Dr. Franz Xaver Mager
(Photo) Otward Mager
(Photo) Erwin Mager
Dr. Franz Xaver Mager, born in Eichstätt
on May 31, 1895, who was a general practitionaer in Gemünden,
had had to pay in blood
during the First World War, as a non-commissioned officer (see Mager Buch 1935,
page 126). In 1939, as a medical
officer in the military, he took part in the battle in Western Poland (around
Warsaw) in 1939. In 1940 he was
assigned to be Staff Doctor, and took part in the French campaign, and then went
as part of the occupational force to Belgium and then Poland.
Because a case of bronchitis in 1941 brought him to an infirmary for a
few months, he was temporarily assigned to be the infirmary doctor.
In May of 1942 he returned to the war, at the Russian front.
Because of a typhus epidemic amongst the civilian population in Roslawl,
he traveled there on the 30th of October, 1942.
The car he and 3 others were riding in hit a buried mine by the side of
the road. Dr. F. X. Mager was
brought to the infirmary at the Seshinskaya airfield seriously wounded.
He died unconscious a few hours later.
On the 2nd of November he was laid to rest at the Roslawl soldier's
cemetery. The Commander General
gave the eulogy for the unanimously beloved doctor.
Otward Mager, born in Echstätt
on June 3, 1922, spent his childhood and school years in
Freiburg-im-Breisgau. Interested in
physics and chemistry early on (for a long time he had his own laboratory at
home), chemistry was long his occupational goal.
It need not be kept secret that he was an exemplary flag bearer in the
"Nazi Youth ", admired by his "team."
After graduating from high school he was called into work-service, which
he carried out beginning in April, 1941, first in Biberach, then on France's
Atlantic coast near Quimper. After
a short hiatus he had to go back, this time as a radio operator (due to his
familiarity with electronics) with a communications replacement battalion in
Cannstatt (Translator's note: part
of Stuttgart). After a short
mission to France he found himself on the way to Russia with the 305th
communications division. After the
battles of the Don River, in the Autumn of 1942, his troop found themselves in
the disastrous sinkhole which was Stalingrad, where, as is well known, the 6th
army was completely surrounded, while pointlessly and mercilessly ordered by the
supreme "leader" (translator's note:
Hitler) to stand until the last man was sacrificed.
Otward Mager was finally assigned to be the radio operator with a staff
regiment in the northern wing of the front, in or near a factory called
"Red Barricade." He fell
into captivity uninjured: he was
seen by a comrade as late as February, 1943, in a train of German war prisoners
pulling out into the Russian winter - assumedly heading for the distant POW camp
of Elabuga, which very many didn't reach alive.
Nothing has been heard of him since.
A further victim of the war from the Mager Clan, Richard Würthner,
factory worker in Deisslingen
and husband of Auguste Mager, the Deacon's daughter.
He has been missing in Russia since 1945, and unfortunately there is no
better information than that, nor a picture of him that could be reproduced.
All of the war victims from our Clan deserve the words of Josef Mager of
Munich, who dedicated them to his son Guido, who died of a war-related illness
Let us weep for him,
Let the Fatherland thank him,
Let mankind atone for him!
May war never, never again demand from us such a sacrifice!
(Photo) Northern Stalingrad during an air raid
This photo was taken by Otward Mager on October 14, 1942, looking out from
the western rim of Stalingrad. The
photo has historical value since around this time very few had the capability
and the opportunity to take pictures as well as send film home.
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