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.
2018 JUF Annual Campaign
I was the guest speaker at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville, Il which was hosting the 2018 Jewish United Fund Annual Campaign. The JUF of Metropolitan Chicago impacts every aspect of local and global Jewish life, providing human services for Jews and others in need, creating Jewish experiences and strengthening Jewish community connections.
Brunch was held in the Social Hall, followed by a Holocaust Remembrance service in the Sanctuary. My presentation was next.
The audience was boosted by the attendance of the cheder pupils. They were remarkably attentive and then proceeded to ask me questions – gratifyingly intelligent ones at that!
National Labor Relations Board
I spoke at the National Labor Relations Board for a program organized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The event was part of the Federal government’s annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance.
And I was given a certificate to mark the occasion.