Read Fromms: How Julius Fromm's Condom Empire Fell to the Nazis by Götz Aly Michael Sontheimer Shelley Frisch Online

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If you wanted to buy a top-quality condom in prewar Germany, you bought Fromms Act, the first brand name condom and still a leading brand in the German market. The man behind this "pure German quality product" was Julius Fromm, a Jewish entrepreneur who had immigrated from Russia as a child. Fromm was in the right place at the right time: he patented Fromms Act in 1916, whIf you wanted to buy a top-quality condom in prewar Germany, you bought Fromms Act, the first brand name condom and still a leading brand in the German market. The man behind this "pure German quality product" was Julius Fromm, a Jewish entrepreneur who had immigrated from Russia as a child. Fromm was in the right place at the right time: he patented Fromms Act in 1916, when the combination of changing sexual mores, awareness of sexual health, and the lack of reliable prophylactics meant a market primed for his product. In 1922 he began mass production and opened international branches. Sixteen years later, after building the brand into a best seller and the company into a model business, he was forced to sell Fromms Act for a fraction of its worth to a German baroness. In 1939 he emigrated to London.Aly and Sontheimer trace Fromm's rise and fall, illuminating the ways Jewish businesses like his were Aryanized under the Nazis. Through the biography of this businessman and the story of his unusual and fabulously successful company, we learn the fascinating history of the first branded condoms in Germany and the sexual culture that allowed them to thrive, the heretofore undocumented machinations by which the Nazis robbed German-Jewish families of their businesses, and the tragedy of a man whose great love for the adopted country that first allowed him to succeed was betrayed by its government and his fellow citizens. This captivating account offers a wealth of detail and a fresh array of photographic documentation, and adds a striking new dimension to our understanding of this dark period in German history....

Title : Fromms: How Julius Fromm's Condom Empire Fell to the Nazis
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ISBN : 9781590512968
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Fromms: How Julius Fromm's Condom Empire Fell to the Nazis Reviews

  • Meaghan
    2019-01-25 04:36

    People tend to forget, in all the talk about lives lost during the Holocaust, of the plundered property. Gotz Aly's study of the Fromm family, and how their wealth was stripped down to nothing by the Nazis, brings the stolen property to the forefront and it really got me thinking about Rudolf Vrba's theory that the real motive behind the Holocaust was steal Jews' wealth and belongings. Julius Fromm was a wealthy manufacturer of condoms and his brand -- under new ownership -- is well-known in Germany today. Gotz Aly studies his entire extended family, both those who got out in time and those who were lost -- and accounts for their stolen wealth down to the last reichmark. I found all the numbers a bit tedious, but he had to keep repeating them to keep them in the reader's mind, to show just how much the Nazis enriched themselves by their bloody actions.This book is worth reading not only because it's a rare case study, but because it's good, solid history and well-written, just like Gotz Aly's previous book, Into the Tunnel: The Brief Life of Marion Samuel, 1931-1943, the case study of a random Jewish child who died in the Holocaust.

  • J.M.
    2019-01-22 01:45

    This was an interesting book. I had anticipated more emphasis on why Fromm went into the condom business, as well as more detail on how condoms are made, but instead the bulk of the book was an accounting of the thefts perpetrated against the Fromm family by the Nazis. While I had heard of Nazis appropriating Jewish property, this book goes into more depth about the extent of the crimes. Overall I liked it, but I would have liked to know more about Fromm's feelings during and after the war.

  • Evan Thomas
    2019-02-17 02:43

    A finely detailed explanation on a very micro level how Nazis stole the property of Jews. The author's point about how average Germans widely benefited from this theft and the vast numbers of people who participated in it are shocking. A masterful piece of historical research.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-25 21:48

    While it was a very interesting read of one family's business taken over by the Nazis, I don't think the authors demonstated that the condom provided "the crucial clue to the ultimately devatating triangular relationshop between Jews, Christians, and Nazis". I think that the authors could have strenghened this line of inquiry within the book more. If they could have, it certainly would have made for a more interesting read in that it could have shown important parallels to the current age in that there are current conservative, milatant forces in the world that continue to wage war on contraceptives as a means of controling the masses.

  • Óli Sóleyjarson
    2019-01-23 04:41

    Óvenjulegt sjónarhorn á gyðingaofsóknir nasista. Höfundarnir fylgja fjölskyldu smokkaframleiðandans Julius Fromm og rekur örlög þeirra. Um leið er áhugavert að lesa um siðferðisviðmiðin í kringum þessar fjöldaframleiddu getnaðarvarnir.

  • David Folender
    2019-02-19 22:33

    Very interesting book. It provided quite a different take on the Jewish experience in Nazi Germany, one of Jewish business owners and the "Aryanization" of Jewish companies. One that really hasn't been explored much commercially.

  • Newhamshter
    2019-01-25 21:48

    A new perspective departing from the typical Holocaust memoir detailing experience in the concentration camps. This book gave me an idea of the economics of stripping Jews of their citizenship and, later, attempting to dehumanize them.

  • Zack
    2019-01-25 01:55

    I thought this book was interesting, overall. The 2nd 5th of the book dragged a bit. It was otherwise rather engrossing. I had never read anything that dealt with the economic aspects of life under the National Socialists before, and I found that especially intriguing.

  • Yoursexylibrarian
    2019-02-06 02:33

    This is a well-written book that should be a must read for all American high school students. This book provides a different perspective on how the Nazis took advantage of the Jews financially during the Nazi occupation of Germany. It's a heart-breaking yet important piece of history to know.

  • Rose
    2019-02-16 02:03

    Fast read (which explains why I finished it). Quick, interesting & sad. Details a family's experience during and after Nazi Germany. All wrapped around an interesting product ~condoms. And other rubber products.

  • Katrina
    2019-02-18 23:57

    It was interesting but in many parts dry as a bone.