1970 - 1983

Ina Freibaum Nathan


Regina (Ina) Freibaum was born in Giershagen, Germany, the daughter of Salomon and Rosalie Hagedorn Freibaum. Rosalie died in 1897 when Ina was just five years old. Ina had four siblings. Her brother, Lee, had come to this country as a teenager in 1903. Lee, already well established in Alabama, signed affidavits for 29 relatives still in Germany, promising to be responsible for them personally and financially if the United States government would allow them to enter this country.

Felix and Regina married in Emmerich in 1911 and had three children: Herta (Helen), Heinz (Henry), and Margareta Sybilla (Greta). When Felix and Ina were making plans to leave Germany, they converted all their money into possessions as Jews leaving Germany were not allowed to take money but could take possessions. Once they arrived in Anniston in early 1937, one of the boxes that had held their possessions became the home for the chickens raised in their yard on Walnut Avenue.

Ina died in Anniston and is buried in the Temple Beth El portion of Hillside Cemetery.


From: Survivors’ Stories: Anniston’s Temple Beth-El and the Holocaust by Sherry Blanton, 2010.

More Information

Name in US
Ina Freibaum Nathan
Name at Birth
Regina (Ina) Freibaum
Married Name
Regina Freibaum Nathan
Date of Birth - Note
March 6, 1892
Country of Birth
City of Birth
Sibling(s) Name(s)

Levi (Lee) Freibaum (1888-1965)
Meta Freibaum (1890-1968)
*Regina (Ina) Freibaum 1892-1983)
Gustav (Gus) Freibaum (1894-1946)
Paula Freibaum (1896-1915)

Spouse(s) Name(s)

Ewald Felix Nathan (1886-1977)
Married September 12, 1911 in Giershagen, Germany

Religious Identity (Prewar)
Religious Identity (Postwar)
Year / City / Ship to US
April 15, 1937 / New York, NY / SS Manhattan
Date Moved to Alabama
Alabama City of Residence
Date of Death
December 10, 1983
City of Death
City of Burial / Cemetery
Anniston / Highland Cemetery
Dates Lived in Alabama
1937 – 1983