Dr. phil. Friedrich Ernest Ferdinand Auhagen (born December 24, 1899) organized the American Fellowship Forum, a group that supported and encouraged American isolationism. He served the forum as director.
Auhagen was born in Berlin, Germany in 1899. His father was an official in the German Foreign Office and was once stationed in Jerusalem. Friedrich Auhagen’s early education was in Jerusalem; the family moved back to Germany where he graduated from high school in 1917. During the First World War he served two years on the front in France as a Second Lieutenant. After the war he studied economics and mining engineering at German universities.
Auhagen arrived in the United States on July 16, 1923, on the S. S. Eisenach where he worked as a coal stoker. He jumped ship and was allowed to stay in the US under the German quota. He was employed as a mining engineer in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Later he was employed in the foreign department of the Equitable Trust Co., of New York. He became an instructor in German language at St. Francis Xavier College and Columbia University. In 1935 he became a writer and lecturer.
Friedrich Auhagen started working for German intelligence shortly after Hitler came to power. In March 1939 he formed the American Fellowship Forum. On July 11, 1942 he was convicted of failing to register with the State Department as a German agent and sentenced to serve eight months to two years in prison and pay a fine of $1000.
In June 1947 Friedrich Auhagen was deported to Germany. In Germany he was arrested for war crimes and tried in Nuremberg in August 1947. He was later released after a review showed he had no real connection with the previous National Socialist government.
- United States v. Friedrich Ernst Auhagen (1941)
- How can Europe avoid War? (1939) 38 pages
- Nazis in Newark, By Warren Grover, page 265
- "GERMANY GETS 36 DEPORTED BY U. S.; Undesirables, Called 'Human Dynamite,' Are Unrepentant -- One a Professor", The New York Times, June 3, 1947
- Guide to the Friedrich Ernst Auhagen Collection