Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin

Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin

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Overview

“This former BBC journalist’s passionate search for justice is a suspenseful confrontation with World War II history. A fascinating journey.” —Anne-Marie O’Connor, national bestselling author of The Lady in GoldDina Gold grew up hearing her grandmother’s tales of the glamorous life in Berlin she once led before the Nazis came to power and her dreams of recovering a huge building she claimed belonged to the family - though she had no papers to prove ownership. When the Wall fell in 1989, Dina decided to battle for restitution. Built by Dina’s great grandfather in 1910, the property was the business headquarters of the H. Wolff fur company, one of the largest and most successful in Germany during the early part of the last century. In 1937, the Victoria Insurance Company foreclosed on the mortgage and transferred ownership of Krausenstrasse 17/18 to the Reichsbahn, Hitler’s railways, that later transported millions of Jews across Europe to the death camps. The Victoria, headed then by a German businessman and lawyer with connections to the very top of the Nazi Party, is still today one of Germany’s leading insurance companies. But during the war it was part of a consortium insuring workshops at Auschwitz. When the Third Reich was defeated in 1945 the building lay in the Soviet sector – just past Checkpoint Charlie – and beyond legal reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634254274
Publisher: Ankerwycke
Publication date: 12/07/2016
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 4.30(d)

About the Author

Dina Gold was born and brought up in Britain. She is now an American citizen living in Washington, DC where she is on the board of the Jewish Community Center and co-chair of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. A senior editor at Moment magazine, she started her career in London as a financial journalist after postgraduate studies at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Later, at the BBC, she worked as an investigative reporter and television producer.

Table of Contents

Foreword Stuart E. Eizenstat xi

Cast of Characters xv

Glossary xix

Map xxiv

The Building xxv

Prologue xxvii

Part 1

1 I've Come to Claim My Family's Building 3

2 H. Wolff 9

3 My Mother's Birth 17

4 Well-heeled Nomads 29

5 The Gathering Storm 33

6 Palestine 41

7 Entjudung (The Removal of Jews from the German Economy) 55

8 "What Would I Do Without the Luneberger Heider?" 67

9 Making Her Own Way 73

10 After the War: Love and Marriage 79

11 Those Who Survived and Those Who Did Not 87

Part 2

12 A Question of Ownership 97

13 My Life in Britain 101

14 What Had My Grandmother Once told Me? 105

5 Our Investigation Begins 109

16 Lawyers and Wills 115

17 The Smoking Gun 119

18 Proving the Line of Inheritance 129

19 The Reichsbahn's Motive 135

20 Claims and Counterclaims 139

21 Who's Who in Nazi Germany 149

22 Dr. Hamann and the Victoria Insurance Company 153

23 Back to Berlin: The Frustration Grows 159

24 The Formal Claim 165

25 Getting Their Own Back 171

26 Light at the End of the Tunnel 177

27 Negotiating a Price and Dividing the Payout 181

Part 3

28 New Archives, New Answers 189

29 New Evidence from Sachsenhausen 193

30 The Fate of Dresdener Strasse 97 197

31 Fritz's Life During the War 201

32 Exit from the Reich 211

33 Deutsche Bank 215

34 The Victoria's History 219

35 The Terrible Truth about Kurt Hamann 227

36 Coda 241

Epilogue 247

Select Bibliography 249

Acknowledgments 253

Index 257

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