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CONFISCATION OF JEWISH PROPERTY IN EUROPE, 19331945:
March 22, 2001
Helena Rubinstein Auditorium
Though economic discrimination and the seizure of Jewish property were integral parts of the Holocaust, until recently research on this dimension of Nazi anti-Jewish persecution has lagged behind other areas of Holocaust studies. This program is a unique opportunity to hear from eleven scholars whose research in newly released archival materials has advanced the study of the confiscation of Jewish property by the Third Reich and its European allies. The speakers examine the institutions charged with implementing confiscation policies, the manner in which Jewish assets were seized, and the perspectives of those whose property was confiscated. Also considered are the possibilities for future research as well as potential barriers to it.
This website contains brief biographies of the participants and, soon after the conclusion of the symposium, audio files of the talks.
1010:30 a.m. Session I: Opening Remarks
Introductory CommentsPaul A. Shapiro, Director, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Confiscation of Jewish Assets and the HolocaustGerald D. Feldman, Professor, Department of History, and Director, Center for German and European Studies, University of California, Berkeley and Director, Institute of European Studies
10:30 a.m.noon Session II: Institutions of Confiscation
The Finanzamt Moabit-West and the Development of the Property-Confiscation InfrastructureMartin C. Dean, Research Scholar, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Supervision and Plunder of Jewish Finances by the Regional Financial Administration: The Example of WestphaliaAlfons Kenkmann, Director, Villa ten Hompel Memorial Institute, Münster, and Lecturer, University of Dortmund
Property Seizures from Poles and Jews: The Activities of the Haupttreuhandstelle OstJeanne Dingell, Doctoral Candidate, Technical University, Berlin
Noon1 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m. Session III: Country Studies
Seizure of Jewish Property in RomaniaJean Ancel, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
Nazi Looting of Antwerps Jewish Diamond MerchantsEric Laureys, Historian, War and Contemporary Society Research Center, Brussels
Franco-German Rivalry and "Aryanization" as the Creation of a New Policy in France, 19401944Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Doctoral Candidate, University of the Sorbonne, Paris, and Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
2:304:30 p.m. Session IV: Victim Perspectives
Expropriation of the Property of Jewish Emigrants from Hessen during the 1930sSusanne Meinl, Historian, Fritz-Bauer Institute, Frankfurt am Main
Economic Discrimination and Confiscation: The Case of Jewish Real EstateBritta Bopf, Doctoral Candidate, Friedrich-Wilhelm University, and Curator, Museum of the History of the German Federal Republic, Bonn
Jewish Cultural Property and Its Postwar RecoveryElisabeth M. Yavnai, Doctoral Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science
4:305 p.m. Session V: Summary and Conclusions
Summary and ConclusionsPeter Hayes, Theodore Z. Weiss Professor of Holocaust Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and Member, Academic Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
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