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Isidor Gross papers

Document | Accession Number: 2012.433.1

The Isidor Gross papers consist of documents and photographs that concern the family, immigration, and United States Army service of German born Jewish man, Isidor Gross. After being arrested by the Gestapo in 1938, Isidor and his father Markus fled Aachen, Germany for the United States and successfully rescued his mother and two younger siblings from a holding camp. Included in this collection are several documents from Isidor’s childhood in Germany, among them, his birth certificate, school report card, and employment workbook. Also included are papers documenting Isidor’s naturalization as a United States citizen, his enlistment, assignments, coursework, and discharge from the US Army, and some material related to restitution claims. Photographs of the Gross family in Aachen and Brooklyn are also comprised in this collection.

The Isidor Gross papers are comprised of documents and photographs pertaining to Isidor Gross, his family, immigration to the United States from Germany, and service in the United States Army. Included in this collection are several documents from Isidor’s childhood in Germany, among them, his birth certificate, school report card, and the employment book he received upon his forced introduction into the workforce in 1936 after he completed the 8th grade. Documentation of Isidor’s immigration and naturalization include a letter from the Committee for Aid for Jews in Germany confirming his progress in leaving the country, his passage information for the SS Bergenfjord, paperwork declaring intent to seek United States citizenship, affidavits of his employment, and his naturalization certificate from 1943. Also comprised in this collection is a letter Markus wrote to the Morning Journal, a daily Jewish newspaper, seeking job advice as a recent immigrant to the country, though the letter is signed “Isidor G.” These papers also document coursework in English composition and mechanics that Isidor took while enlisted with the United States Army. Information regarding his enlistment and discharge are also included. Some material related to Isidor’s restitution claims and attempts to locate family members is also contained in this collection. Several photographs of Isidor, his parents, siblings, and paternal aunts and uncles are also comprised here within. Most of the photographs depict the Gross family in Brooklyn shortly after the war, though some are of the family in Aachen.

Date
inclusive:  1921-1997
bulk:  1936-1945
Language
English
German
Hebrew
Extent
22 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Gross
 
Record last modified: 2021-11-15 17:04:43
This page: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn60746