Plundering German Jewry, 1933-1953
This collection of essays by a range of international, multidisciplinary scholars explores the financial history, social significance, and cultural meanings of the theft, starting in 1933, of assets owned by German Jews. Despite the fraught topic and the ongoing legal discussions, the subject has not received much scholarly attention until now. This volume offers a much needed contribution to our understanding of the history of the period and the acts. The essays examine the confiscatory taxation of Jewish property, the looting of art and confiscation of gold, the role of German freight forwarders in property theft, salesmen and dispossession in the retail world, theft from the elderly, and the complicity of the banking industry, as well as the reach of the practice beyond German borders.
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“This is an incredibly important subject overall and the component parts are each significant contributions to their respective fields. While there is no shortage of work on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, this is among the more integrative works that deal with not exclusively the perpetration of the Holocaust per se but also the responses of victims, and reveals the human cost of this dispossession.”
—Michael Berkowitz, University College London
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