Today Kirkus posted this great review of “Stolen Legacy.”
The piece concludes:
… an engaging, well-written depiction of how the Holocaust destroyed individual lives as well as families and community relationships. Although the story centers on a valuable piece of property, Gold’s measured, compassionate prose makes it clear that it’s not a tale of financial gain, but one of justice and the survival of a persecuted people.
A highly readable account of one family’s fight for personal and financial vindication.
London Times writers’ top picks of 2015
A nice surprise today in the Times Book section where columnist Melanie Phillips has selected “Stolen Legacy” as one of her three favorite books of the year. It is listed alongside her other two recommended authors – the illustrious Niall Ferguson and Michel Houellebecq. To be in such company is truly flattering.
The Local Germany
One day ahead of a meeting to decide the future of the Kurt Hamann Stiftung (Foundation) at Mannheim University, the German online newspaper, The Local, published a story on the issue. The Victoria insurance company (now part of ERGO insurance) had foreclosed in the late 1930s not only on the building once owned by my family but had also expropriated many other Jewish-owned properties and businesses. Dr. Kurt Hamann had been chairman before, during and after the war. Is this really a suitable person to be honored with a foundation in his name? I am waiting to find out.
JW Magazine Recommendation
In the Winter 2015 issue of JW Magazine, published by Jewish Women International, “Stolen Legacy” was recommended as a Book for Giving, under Memoirs of Interesting Lives (next to Donna Karan!).
German Newspaper Reports on Crucial December 8th Meeting
The Jüdische Allgemeine newspaper reports the story that ERGO insurance group and Mannheim University to decide on the future of the foundation named for Dr. Kurt Hamann, the villain in Stolen Legacy who insured Auschwitz. (Article is in German.)