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March 15, 2016
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7 p.m.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Stolen Legacy:
Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice
Public Program
The back of the H. Wolff fur company headquarters in 1910, the year the building was constructed. <i>Courtesy of Blätter für Architektur und Kunsthandwerk</i>
The back of the H. Wolff fur company headquarters in 1910, the year the building was constructed. Courtesy of Blätter für Architektur und Kunsthandwerk

How can we seek justice for Holocaust victims whose property was taken and lives were torn apart? In her new book, former BBC investigative journalist Dina Gold describes the Nazi seizure of her family’s stately six-story building and her extensive battle to reclaim it and rebuild their legacy.

The property served as the headquarters of the H. Wolff fur company, one of the most successful international businesses in Germany. The Nazis forced the sale of the building on Krausenstrasse 17/18, and after World War II, it fell in the Soviet sector of Berlin, two blocks from Checkpoint Charlie, and beyond legal reach.

Join us to learn about the ongoing challenges of restitution and the Museum’s resources that individuals like Gold have used to research the fate of family members and that others have used to build legal cases, including the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database and the International Tracing Service archive.

Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Author of Nazi Persecution and Postwar Repercussions and Director, Visiting Scholar Programs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dina Gold, Author of Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin

Dr. Leah Wolfson, Senior Program Officer, University Programs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Also featuring special remarks by Nadine Epstein, editor and publisher of Moment magazine.

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The Museum is located on the National Mall, just south of Independence Avenue, SW, between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) in Washington, DC.

We strongly advise visitors to take the Metro (subway) to the Museum as public parking in the area is very limited.

The nearest Metro stop is Smithsonian (orange, silver, or blue line), located one block east of the Museum. Exit the station at 12th Street and Independence Avenue and walk one block west on Independence to 14th Street. Cross 14th Street and turn left; the Museum is the second building on your right.

The Museum has no public parking facility, but there is a paid parking lot located on D Street, SW, between 13th and 14th Streets, and some metered parking along Independence Avenue.

For vehicles bearing the appropriate access tags, the National Park Service has designated approximately ten accessible parking spaces at and around the Washington Monument, along Independence Avenue west of 14th Street, and at the Tidal Basin parking lot.

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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Berlin
According to a census of June 16, 1933, the Jewish population of Berlin, Germany's capital city, was about 160,000. Berlin's Jewish community was the largest in Germany, comprising more than 32 percent of all Jews in the country.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Anti-Jewish Legislation in Prewar Germany
Antisemitism and the persecution of Jews represented a central tenet of Nazi ideology. In their 25-point Party Program, published in 1920, Nazi party members publicly declared their intention to segregate Jews from "Aryan" society and to abrogate Jews' political, legal, and civil rights.
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Bibliography: Asset Restitution and Indemnification
Many Jewish organizations prepared and planned restitution efforts before the closing stages of World War II, but once the time came to implement these plans, unforeseen obstacles appeared, particularly the Allies’ quandary over stabilizing versus punishing Germany.
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Listen: Confiscation of Jewish Property in Europe, 1933-1945: New Sources and Perspectives
In March 2001, the Museum hosted a symposium where speakers examined the institutions charged with implementing confiscation policies, the manner in which Jewish assets were seized, and the perspectives of those whose property was confiscated.
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