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.
Alan Freedman, presenter of “Nothing Left” broadcasting from Melbourne, Australia interviewed me for his show. You can hear it starting at 50 minutes into the program.
Michael Burd, Alan’s co-presenter, sums up the piece by commenting:
One thing you didn’t ask her was about the movie… it’s a wonder Spielberg doesn’t get onto it… it would make a great movie.
Nazi Anti-Semitism Destroyed Berlin Fashion Industry
The Atlanta Jewish Times reported on the discussion panel for the opening night event launching the traveling exhibition “Fashioning a Nation: German Identity and Industry 1914-1945” curated by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and hosted by the German Cultural Center.
The discussion focused on how Jews had dominated German fashion before World War II. As historian Uwe Westphal told the audience: creative and innovative fashion by Jewish-German designers created the Roaring Twenties. The story of the Wolff family’s fur business and what happened was part of the event.
Between 1930 and 1939 the Nazis closed all Jewish fashion companies. Sadly, as Westphal explained, today’s German fashion students are ignorant of this sordid history.