Dr Kurt Hamann Foundation Renamed!
Mannheim University’s FORUM magazine interviewed me for an article entitled “An Awkward Legacy” in which I tell the story of what I discovered in the course of researching “Stolen Legacy”.
This is the culmination of many years of research into the past of Dr. Kurt Hamann – one-time head of the Victoria Insurance Company which foreclosed on my family’s property in 1937. Dr. Hamann had a foundation named in his honor at the university. The result of my investigations was to uncover his unsavory history during the Third Reich – which led to the university deciding to rename the foundation.
Read all about it.
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.
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.