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

Stolen Legacy is a non-fiction historical narrative centered on a Jewish family’s legal battle to reclaim ownership of a building stolen from them by the Nazis in the 1930s. The building at Krausenstrasse 17/18 in Berlin was seized by a German businessman with direct ties to the very top of the Nazi Party hierarchy and German Railways—the state-owned organization that transported millions of Jews across Europe to the death camps. He was the head of the Victoria Insurance Company, then and now one of Germany’s top insurance companies which, according to the book, played a role in insuring the Auschwitz death camp during World War Two.

The book, written by the daughter of one of the original owners of the building, details the history of the Wolff family’s ownership of the building, its confiscation by the Nazis, and the family’s legal fight to reclaim it. There has been no previous written account of a successful claim of a property seized by the Nazis in Germany. The U.S. Special Adviser on Holocaust Issues, Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, has written the book’s foreword.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634254274
Publisher: Ankerwycke
Publication date: 12/07/2016
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 814,702
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 4.30(d)

About the Author

Dina Gold (Washington, D.C.) is a former BBC investigative journalist and television producer. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and is a senior editor at Moment magazine, the largest independent Jewish magazine in North America.

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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