Biographies & Memoirs

Fromms: How Julius Fromm's Condom Empire Fell to the Nazis

Fromms: How Julius Fromm's Condom Empire Fell to the Nazis

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, 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.

Two Paths to the Subject of “Fromms Act”

Chapter 1: JULIUS FROMM, SEX, AND FAMILY PLANNING

Chapter 2: FROM THE GHETTO IN KONIN TO BERLIN

Chapter 3: THE WORLD’S FIRST BRAND-NAME CONDOMS

Chapter 4: “WE HAVE BECOME GERMANS”—AN ILLUSION

Chapter 5: THE NEW FACTORY: TRANSPARENCY FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW

Chapter 6: FROMMS ACT FOR GöRING’S GODMOTHER

Chapter 7: A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF A PUBLIC FIGURE

Chapter 8: EXILE: HELPLESS IN LONDON

Chapter 9: SEIZURE BY THE GERMAN STATE

Chapter 10: “JEW AUCTION” AS ARYAN HAUNT

Chapter 11: FROM VILLA FROMM TO AUSCHWITZ

Chapter 12: SURVIVAL IN PARIS, LONDON, AND BERLIN

Chapter 13: “PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE” IN THE NEW GERMANY

Afterword

An Overview of the Fromm Family

Notes

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