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Keynote speaker at Hadassah

The Hadassah Dorot Bat Gurion Chapter held its 2019 fundraising luncheon at the magnificent Mirasol Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

There were 130 Hadassah members who came to hear me talk in the swish dining hall – spot the chandeliers!!

These are certainly “Women who Do” – as the poster attached to the podium made clear. The event was to raise money for a pediatric unit at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem – a worthy cause for sure.

         

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Temple Emanuel, MD

It was a packed hall tonight for the Women of Reform Judaism annual dinner.

And every single book on sale was bought – not one left!

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RJ Julia Bookstore

It was a full house at the lovely RJ Julia bookstore on the Boston Post Road, Madison, CT this evening.

The audience paid close attention while I spoke and then asked some excellent questions. What they wanted to know was whether I had found ordinary Germans willing to be helpful, what had happened to the family’s Wannsee villa, the role of German insurance companies during the Third Reich, how the internet had assisted me in my research and if I had considered laying Stolpersteine at sites in Berlin mentioned in the book.

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Wiener Library, London

The Wiener Library hosted the UK book launch this evening of “Fashion Metropolis Berlin 1836-1939: The Story of the Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry”.  Author, Uwe Westphal, has spent thirty years researching the subject and gathering information from around the world, both in archives and in personal conversations with witnesses of the time.

As I contributed a chapter, on the history of the H. Wolff international fur fashion company, we did a joint presentation.  We showed over 70 slides of photos and video clips to illustrate  the tragic story of the demise of the once glorious Berlin fashion industry and how the Nazis destroyed it.

The event was sold out!

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Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich


Today in Munich at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte – Institute of Contemporary History – speaking at a seminar for provenance researchers.

The Freie University of Berlin has devised a training course for museum staff and I was invited to talk about the meaning of restitution for families whose possessions were stolen, or acquired cheaply at auction, during the Third Reich.

I took along a few items of silverware passed down the generations from my grandmother to my mother and now to me.  Audience members enjoyed handling them and spotting the family initial engraved on the cake server as well as the fish knives and forks.  And they could also see the name of the manufacturer, the famous Berlin firm of Friedlaender Brothers, once jewelers to the Kaiser.

 

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Stolen Legacy is published by the American Bar Association and distributed by National Book Network.

Paperback: 328 pages   |   Language: English
ISBN: 978-1634254274
Includes book club discussion questions.