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Irma Gideon collection

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    The Irma Gideon collection consists of a handwritten memoir in German by Irma Gideon. The memoir described her experiences during Kristallnacht in Oberlustadt, Pfalz, Germany, 1938 and her emigration to the United States. The collection also includes a photocopy of a newspaper article titled "Lustadter Synagogenbrand vor dem Richter" and a copy of a trial in the Strafkammer des Landgerichts Landau in der Pfalz in April 1948, of those people responsible for the violence on Kristallnacht. There are also biographical notes regarding the Gideon family written in English, likely created by museum staff.
    Collection Creator
    Irma Gideon
    Irma Gideon (née Frank, 1912-2006) was born on May 27, 1912 in Oberlustadt, Germany to Jacob Frank (April 19, 1876-October 28, 1948) and Bertha Frank (November 9, 1883-July 26, 1966). She had three siblings: Martha Mayer (1907-1942), Hans Frank (Ehemann, 1910-2003), and Max Frank. She married Richard Gideon (1910-1994), and they had two children. Richard Gideon died on October 18, 1994 in Brooklyn, New York. Irma Gideon died in New York on January 4, 2006.
    Martha Frank was born on August 31, 1907. She married Hermann Mayer (1897-1942). She died at the Auschwitz concentration camp on September 14, 1942. Hermann Mayer died at Auschwitz on November 21, 1942.
    Hans Frank was born on June 30, 1910. He married Selma Dreifus (1915-2010). They had two children. Hans Frank died on December 29, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland. Selma Frank died in Baltimore, Maryland on May 27, 2019.
    Max Frank was born on March 10, 1918. He married Ilse Mayer. They had two children. Max died on February 20, 2011 in Savannah, Georgia.

    Physical Details

    German English
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The Irma Gideon collection is arranged in a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Irma Gideon donated the Irma Gideon collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1997.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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