US Holocaust Memorial Museum
This evening at the USHMM speaking to a crowded theatre audience on the subject of justice for Holocaust victims, whose property was seized during the Nazi era, and their lives torn apart.
Joining me on stage were museum experts Dr. Leah Wolfson and Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming.
Jewish Book Week 2016
The theater at London’s JW3 in Finchley was packed for my interview today with Melanie Phillips about Stolen Legacy. Tickets had sold out days beforehand and some people had to be turned away at reception as a result. The audience loved the photos we were able to illustrate the story with and lots of people came up to me afterwards to tell me their family histories.
Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I joined fellow author Lisa Leff in Providence, RI for a program entitled Reactions to the Holocaust: Journey for Justice.
The audience was fascinated by our respective stories and one man came up to me at the end of my presentation and told me he was convinced his parents had bought a fur hat from the H. Wolff fur company!
An email from Detroit
It is six weeks since I spoke at the JCC in Detroit. Today I received this email from someone I met at the event:
I was thrilled to read your book, both from the perspective of a journalist and lawyer and as the child of German Jews (on both sides). Your ability to weave together the story of your claim for restitution as well as the investigation of what happened to your family members in a manner that is both delicate and personal as well as passionate and adversarial was thrilling. My grandfather was a restitution lawyer for victims of the Holocaust in Detroit after the war, having had to flee a very successful career in Berlin as a lawyer and working in a paper box factory until retirement. He wasn’t alive to see us secure restitution of his business buildings near the Brandenberg Gate after the Berlin Wall came down, but the process was similar, though not nearly as harrowing as yours was — the stakes were much higher in your case! Thanks again for the gift of this book. It is a treasure.
Joanna Stark Abramson
I am sure I am not alone as an author to delight in receiving such positive feedback from a reader.
College of Staten Island Hillel
Great to meet all the friendly members who came to hear me talk about the book. Always interesting to hear of other families’ attempts to reclaim their lost properties and the struggles they have endured.
One lady told me that, at the end of the Second World War, she had embarked on a twenty year long legal battle in West Germany to get restitution of buildings owned by her father. Someone else told me that his family had once had properties in Poland, but had long ago given up any hope of ever possessing them again.