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Jacob H. Gomborw's Philadelphia Police, Detective Division, identification card

 

Jacob H. Gomborow (1886?-1954), a Jewish police officer and detective in Philadelphia’s Bureau of Police, was responsible for leading the bureau’s radical squad in their investigations of antisemitic, subversive, and radical groups in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. A Russian immigrant, Gomborow served as a patrolman beginning in 1905 working his way up through the ranks to detective sergeant. Shortly before his retirement in 1950, he was promoted to detective lieutenant. In addition to working on the radical squad, Gomborow also served as head of the police department’s check squad, investigating counterfeiters and other cases of fraud.

 

This collection contains digital reproductions of all the records related to Gomborow’s police work. This includes newspaper clippings regarding Gomborow’s involvement in various investigations and arrests; official investigation reports submitted to the Department of Public Safety; photographs of Gomborow and other police officers and dignitaries; and printed propaganda material, primarily antisemitic in message. Although the bulk of the digitized material is in English, some records are in Yiddish and German.

 

For more information about the entire archival collection including Gomborow’s work with Jewish fraternal and civic organizations, see the online finding aid for the Jacob H. Gomborow Papers.

 

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