“Event had major effect on people.”
That’s how Sergio Carmona, reporting in the Sun Sentinel, described the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s recent presentations in South Florida.
The program, entitled: “Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice,” examined “… the ongoing challenges of restitution and the museum’s resources, including the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database and the International Tracing Service archive, that individuals have used to research the fate of family members and to build legal cases.”
Many in the audience described what they learnt as both “fascinating and meaningful.”
And I am still hoping that someone will eventually contact me to say they once knew Joseph Rosner or his wife Sarah.
Arizona Jewish Post
The organizers of the Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series, offered by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona, were kind enough to invite me. The event, held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on March 6, was covered by the Arizona Jewish Post with a lovely article.
Korene Charnofsky Cohen, the reporter, accurately captured my summary of what, ultimately, the claim was all about:
“This was more than a quest for justice for mere bricks and mortar, it was to discover and preserve my lost family history,” she said.
Recovering a Family’s History
Sarasota Herald Tribune staff writer, Elizabeth Djinis, came to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum event at Temple Beth Sholom and here’s her report.
Gold spoke as part of an event held by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., moderated by the museum’s director of visiting scholar programs, Suzanne Brown-Fleming, and featuring the museum’s chief of research and reference, Diane Afoumado.
Before the lecture, Afoumado also led private sessions with local survivors and those interested in learning their family’s history, using some of the museum’s research tools. One of those is the International Tracing Service, a paper archive formerly only accessed in Germany that can be found in digitized records at the Holocaust Museum.
The private sessions for those keen to research, as I have done, the fate of family members were of immense interest to the audience. Many were intrigued by what documents they might be able to unearth with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s help. This is a wonderful, free, service but, as I warned people at the event, you have to prepare yourself emotionally for what you might discover.
Jewish Book Council Review
The Jewish Book Council today published a review by Philip K. Jason, professor emeritus of English at the United States Naval Academy.
I am grateful for the evident thought and care put into it. Professor Jason makes an interesting point about the changing nature of research in the computer age. He writes:
Ever-expanding electronic databases allow skilled investigators access to materials that would never otherwise be discovered or accessed.
The chain of discoveries seems endless; absolute closure seems an illusion. Nonetheless, this book is a grand example of dogged investigative journalism. Gold is never satisfied, and she never backs off.
Theft and Genocide
Wonderful review by Jeremy Jones for AIJAC – Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council.
Dina Gold is an extremely skilled writer, a talent she puts to full use to help readers of her memoir not only come to see that her grandmother was right, but also to feel that you are actually part of her efforts to achieve justice.
He was so enamored of the story told in “Stolen Legacy” that, when he visited Berlin, he went to Krausenstrasse 17/18 – the building he had read all about. And he even sent me a photograph of himself standing outside the building’s archway. The very same one featured on the front cover of the paperback edition.