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Best Books about Berlin

I was asked by Ben Fox, who owns Shepherd.com – motto: “Like browsing the best bookstore in the world” – to select five of my favorite books on Berlin.  Makes perfect sense since Stolen Legacy is rooted in the history of that city.

You can check out my selections and why I chose them here.

 

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Zoominar with Moment magazine

Today, from the comfort of my own home, I gave a zoom talk for Moment magazine and then took questions from viewers.

You can see the full program here.

 

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So Important! Podcast Interview

Monte Mallin – host of the podcast series So Important! – has interviewed me.  In his billing for our talk, Mr Mallin writes:

This is a story of determination, commitment, and conviction, and never giving up when the cause is just. Dina’s story is an inspiration for all of us, and here it is in her own words. 

Listen to our discussion here.

 

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B’nai B’rith magazine

A feature article I wrote entitled Jewish German Fashion Industry Flourished, Then Perished Under Nazi Rule is the cover story for the Winter 2019 edition of the B’nai B’rith magazine.  It is about how, beginning in the mid 1830s, Jewish German fashion designers and entrepreneurs made Berlin into  a thriving hub of sophistication and glamour.

The concept of ready-to-wear clothing was invented by Jewish Berliners and by the middle of the 19th century some 100 Jewish fashion firms existed around Hausvogteiplatz in central Berlin’s Mitte district.  By the 1890s a full 85% of all women’s fashion manufacturing companies had Jewish owners and “Berlin chic” enjoyed an international reputation.

By 1933, there were 2,700 Berlin-based Jewish fashion businesses – making the fashion trade, besides Paris, the largest exporter in Europe.

Uwe Westphal,  author of  “Fashion Metropolis Berlin: 1836-1939: The Story of the Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry”(to which I contributed a chapter), has studied the history of this once flourishing industry and what happened to it as soon as the Nazis came to power.

The central role of Jews in the German fashion industry, and how the Nazis utterly destroyed that legacy, is told in Mr. Westphal’s book.  That history has been forgotten for far too long.

 

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Stolen Legacy is published by the American Bar Association and distributed by National Book Network.

Paperback: 328 pages   |   Language: English
ISBN: 978-1634254274
Includes book club discussion questions.