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Egon Fromm Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25107

Scope and Content Note

The Egon Fromm Family Collection documents the lives of members of the Fromm and Heumann family, with a focus on the families of Walter Fromm and Carola Heumann, the parents of Egon Fromm. Included is family correspondence, songs and speeches from family weddings, a friendship book (album amoricum), passports and genealogy research. Users should note that most individuals' given names in the collection have variant spellings.

Much of the collection consists of the personal papers of family members, including Carola Fromm's friendship book, texts used at her wedding with Walter Fromm and of her sister Paula's with Ernest Katz in 1937, and Carola and Walter Fromm's passports. Her friendship book includes poems written by her siblings and friends, with several poems by her brothers Joseph and Rudolph (Rudi). With the poetry book are two letters by her brothers Julius and Carl while away from home during World War I. Wedding texts includes several songs and speeches written by other family members for the two occasions, along with a photocopy of an invitation to Walter and Carola Fromm's wedding.

Two folders in the collection hold family correspondence (almost all photocopies), nearly all of which is to Walter and Carola Fromm and dates largely from the late 1930s and early 1940s. This correspondence, whose most frequent correspondents were Carola's brothers Rudolph (in Venlo, Netherlands) and Carl (in Bielefeld, Germany) Heumann, portray the many attempts by them to emigrate from Germany with their families, including such places as Venezuela and Cuba. The successful emigrations of Carola's sisters Paula Katz and Lene Kahn with their families are also mentioned. Rudolph Heumann informed the Fromms of the events of Kristallnacht and the arrest of Joseph Heumann. Letters from the mid-1940s include Red Cross letters that mention loss of contact with several Heumann family members and with the World Jewish Congress regarding the search for them. At the end of August 1945 Margot Heumann, daughter of Carl and Johanna (Henny) Heumann, wrote a series of letters to her aunt and uncle from Sweden, in which she described the deportation of herself, her parents and her sister Lore to Auschwitz, as well as her separation from them, her time in various labor camps and in Bergen-Belsen, and her intention to emigrate to the United States. Later letters from the National Council of Jewish Women provide official confirmation of the deportation of Samuel, Rudolph and Regina Heumann from Westerbork. A few later letters contain family news. With the correspondence is an undated copy of a newspaper clipping regarding the restitution of funds of Rudolph and Regina Heumann.

One folder in the collection holds genealogical research. Such papers consist of photocopies of lists of Heumann family members, of participants in World War I from Hellenthal, and of a letter by Egon Fromm with biographical details of Fromm family members, including his grandparents, parents and uncles, as well as himself. In this folder is also a lengthy tree of the Levenbach family that shows the Fromm family along with many others.


  • 1912-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1950


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Reserve" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Walter Fromm was born in Düren, Germany in 1896 to Isaak Fromm and Julia Levenbach, and was the youngest of their five sons (Fritz, Oscar, Karl, Otto and Walter). Walter Fromm became a salesman. His brother Karl had been an army pilot in World War I and in 1927 he emigrated to the United States.

Carola (alternately called Karola or Karoline) Heumann was born in 1897 in Hellenthal, Germany, near Euskirchen. Her parents Samuel and Caecilie Heumann had nine children: Julius, Adolf, Rudolph (Rudolf), Joseph (Josef), Johanna, Carola, Carl, Paula (Pauline) and Lena (Lene). Carola Heumann's brothers Julius and Adolf were killed in World War I. Carola Heumann established a dry goods store in Euskirchen, where she met her husband Walter Fromm. They married in 1930 and the following year had a son, Egon. In 1933 their daughter Doris was born. Rudolph, Johanna and Carl Heumann perished in the Holocaust along with most members of their families in spite of spending several years attempting to emigrate; only Carl Heumann's daughter Margot survived deportation and stays in several concentration camps.

Karl Fromm aided the immigration of some Fromm and Heumann family members in obtaining visas for the United States before his death in 1939, including his brother Walter's family. In 1938 Walter, Carola and their children emigrated and settled in Newark, New Jersey. Carola Fromm died in 1980, Walter in 1984.


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The Egon Fromm Family Collection documents the lives of members of the Fromm and Heumann families, with a focus on the families of Walter Fromm and Carola Heumann, the parents of Egon Fromm. Included is family correspondence that relates to the family's emigration and search for relatives after the war. Other papers include songs and speeches from family weddings, a friendship book, passports and genealogy research for both branches of the family.


The collection is arranged in one series.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Separated Material

A World War I photograph album and loose photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Papers of the Egon Fromm Family 1912-1987 AR 25107
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2013
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Description is in English.
Digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.
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This version was derived from EgonFrommFamily.xml

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States