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.
Institute für Zeitgeschichte
In Munich today speaking about provenance research and restitution at the Institute of Contemporary History (Institute für Zeitgeschichte). This event was part of an annual series of four seminars for museum staff under the auspices of the Freie University of Berlin. My session was about the importance to families of receiving restitution. Non-state museums across Bavaria, of which there are over 1,200, are examining what they hold in their archives and whether or not items were illegally acquired during the Third Reich from former Jewish owners. Attempts are now being made to trace heirs and return objects to them wherever possible.
My talk was followed by a panel discussion. Here I am being asked a question by Dr. Uwe Hartmann, Head of the Department of provenance research, German Lost Art Foundation. Joining me on the panel are Dr. Carolin Lange, senior provenance researcher at the office for non-state museums in Bavaria and historian Magnus Brechtken, deputy director of the Institute and professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.