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Deborah Gierach papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02.0144

Scope and Contents

Deborah Gierach's collection of photographs were taken by her late father-in-law (no name given), a B-17 pilot in Europe during the Second World War. The collection consists of scanning from three photograph albums (in German) compiled and produced for the Nazi government as a means to show what the Third Reich was doing during the war. Subjects include Nazi rallies, Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goering, soldiers, military vehicles, as well as Hitler playing with children and socializing with others. Captions are in German. Organized month to month for separate calendar years of 1939, 1940, 1942.

Note: the majority of the photographs do not contain the aforementioned persons. These all are scanned copies, not the originals, which remain with the donor. Also, on compact computer discs are scans of the following Holocaust-related items: letter written by inmate, probably Jewish, at Dachau, dated 1942; letter written by woman at Auschwitz, 1942; travel visa for Edward Zimmermann; press release "Warcrime Trials" Nuremberg, 30 November 1945; These all are scanned copies, not the originals, which remain with donor. The collection also contains photocopies of a Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch, a letter from an inmate at Auschwitz, a letter from an inmate at Dachau, and a list of defendants at the Nuremberg Trials dated November 20, 1945.  The collection also contains publications which include early German Third Reich propaganda publications.


  • Created: 1939-1942
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1941
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/05/2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


3.00 boxes

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Deborah Gierach

Method of Acquisition


Deborah Gierach papers
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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