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 being 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.
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.
Q&A with Deborah Kalb
Today Deborah Kalb published a lovely interview with me.
Read the piece here.
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Times of Israel
There have been news reports recently about two former SS officers in their 90s who have been charged with participating in hundreds of murders at the Stutthof concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
New legal reasoning allows German prosecutors to charge Nazi collaborators even if there is no evidence of specific criminal acts.
I have written a blog piece about complicity during the Third Reich and how it links to Stolen Legacy.
History Author Show
Dean Karayanis, presenter of the History Author Show on iHeart Radio, interviewed me today about “Stolen Legacy.”
The billing says:
This week, our time machine follows one woman’s modern quest to recover property stolen by Nazi Germany. It was only a single theft in the National Socialist State’s vast, systematic plundering of Jewish wealth, but the Wolff family’s story quickly becomes our story, and we find ourselves rooting for justice.
Listen to the podcast here.