Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach
It was another great turnout at the Mandel JCC for the second talk on the Destruction of the Jewish German Fashion Industry.
This was part of the 2018-19 Speaker Series of The Gross Family Center for the Study of Antisemitism and the Holocaust.
Two local sheriffs joined me, Uwe Westphal and Lauren Gross.
Mandel JCC – Palm Beach Gardens
It was a full house today for the event entitled “The Destruction of the Jewish German Fashion Industry” presented by me alongside journalist and author Uwe Westphal – who had been flown in from Berlin. Our lecture was part of The Gross Family Center for the Study of Antisemitism and the Holocaust 2018-2019 Speaker Series.
The talk was introduced by Annette Klein, German Consul General for Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Based in Miami she had come especially in order to speak to the large audience of 376 people in the tightly packed hall.
Stolen Legacy’s revelations prompt change
The Times of Israel has published an article by me about the decision of Mannheim University to rename the Dr. Kurt-Hamann Foundation. The name change to “Foundation for the Promotion of Insurance Science at the University of Mannheim” will become final when approved by the regional government in nearby Karlsruhe, to which the paperwork has been sent.
This decision was prompted following my discovery of information relating to the activities of Dr. Hamann, the former head of the Victoria Insurance Company, during the Third Reich.
Past president of the university, Professor Dr. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden has written to me saying:
I am most grateful to you for all the work you have done to shed light and make progress on the Kurt-Hamann Foundation. Without you, I do not think that the University would have known what it knows today and would have been able to act the way it has in the last few years.
The whole university owes you a debt of gratitude.
Fundraising Event with Robert Siegel
Today I took part in a fundraising event for the Brandeis National Committee Scholarship Fund and Beth El Youth held at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia.
I joined two other authors – former Congressman Steve Israel and Chicago trial attorney Ronald H. Balson.
Each author spoke for half an hour about their books and then answered questions from both the audience as well as the delightful moderator Robert Siegel.
Jewish ghosts and stolen heirlooms
When I spoke in Munich in March at the Institute for Contemporary History, I interviewed Dr. Carolin Lange about her upcoming project to discover how ordinary Germans feel about possessing once Jewish-owned goods bought, during the Third Reich, cheaply at auction or stolen.
I wrote an article for The Times of Israel which was published in English “Jewish ghosts linger as German households still make use of stolen heirlooms” and French “Les Allemands d’aujourd’hui et les objets de famille volés aux juifs”.
Within hours of publication, my report became the most popular on the Times of Israel website.