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!
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.
Ging Wong Seminar
Delivering this term’s lecture today as part of the Ging Wong Seminar Series at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.
The purpose of this lecture series is to give graduate students an insight into the world of work – which they are soon to enter. I was asked to speak about my time at the college, what the experience had taught me, my career after leaving Oxford, any advice I might be able to offer about pursuing jobs in journalism and what had prompted me to write a book.
Mannheim acknowledges “Stolen Legacy.”
The University of Mannheim has posted on the Dr. Kurt-Hamann Foundation website its recognition of the role of “Stolen Legacy” in leading to the proposed change of name.
Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach
It was another great turnout at the Mandel JCC for the second talk on the Destruction of the Jewish German Fashion Industry.
This was our second lecture for the Speaker Series of The Gross Family Center for the Study of Antisemitism and the Holocaust.
Two local sheriffs joined me, Uwe Westphal and Lauren Gross.