- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ankerwycke; 1 edition (August 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1627229701
- ISBN-13: 978-1627229708
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin 1st Edition
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Dina Gold digs deep into her history and leaves no stone unturned in her riveting account of the struggle for restitution of the property taken from her family by the Nazis. This is a meticulous and finely written account of her struggle to seek belated justice for her mother, with all the twists and turns one would expect from a fictional detective story — but it is all true. (E. Randol Schoenberg, famed attorney specializing in the recovery of Nazi looted and stolen art)
An exceptional adventure in Holocaust literature. Dina Gold combines investigative journalism with a keen sense of history to uncover a story everyone should read. (Marvin Kalb, Harvard professor emeritus; now senior adviser to Pulitzer Center; former network correspondent)
The research for stolen assets remaining in Hitler’s Germany led some survivors of famous German-Jewish families to write historic and moving works which mix, at the same time, judicial investigations and human epics – that's the case for Dina Gold's Stolen Legacy. Her property becomes in a way the reader's property and we follow with great interest and intensity her efforts to recover not only a material legacy but the entire history of her family. (Serge Klarsfeld, lawyer; Nazi hunter)
Dina Gold has written a crisp, page-turning nonfiction whodunit, and proves herself to be an unyielding sleuth in the pursuit of justice for her family. At the same time, it is meticulously researched journalism that provides a fresh perspective on history. (Nadine Epstein, editor, Moment magazine)
Dina Gold tells the fascinating story of the uphill attempts of one family--her own – to regain the property that had been stolen from them by the Nazis. It is an amazing story. (Walter Laqueur, historian; political commentator; author of The Terrible Secret)
The Holocaust—the project of exterminating Europe’s Jews--was an immense act of murder. It was also an immense act of theft. The murder was, of course, the incomparably greater crime. The dead could never be brought back to life. The ash from crematoria was dumped into rivers or spread across fields; the bodies shot into ravines decomposed in Europe’s mutilated earth. Yet the stolen property—of those who were murdered and the minority who escaped or otherwise survived—was seized and passed on, first by the Nazis and then by the governments that followed, to new possessors, public and private. Some pretended to own that property; most knew its real origins; few were willing to part with it. This is the story of a single such property that, by indefatigable effort, was reclaimed, at least partly, two generations later. It’s the story of the theft. But it’s also, by inference, a small part of the story of the murder. And it’s the story of a rare act of belated and incomplete, but symbolically resonant, historical justice. (Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior; former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
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.
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Dina Gold came from a wealthy Jewish family in pre-Hitler Germany. Her great-grandfather, Victor Wolff, was a fur trader. In 1908-1909, he had architect Friedrich Kristeller design a building for him in Berlin. It was six stories high and a full block in length. It was a grand building. They first used it for their fur business and when the economy shrank, they rented the spaces out to others. When the Nazis came into power, the building was confiscated and turned over to the Transportation division of the government. Dina took on the daunting task of re-claiming the building as part of the Jewish reclamation movement in Berlin.
The book tells of Dina’s search for documentation as to her trying to get the building returned to her family. Searching for old records proving her family owned the building and then showing how it went through the changes until the present time. Would she find all the records and would they be believed and she could get the building back? Would she be able to get it back? Was it worth it?
It is a fascinating book.
And what an ending! I did not see that coming. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
Washington, D.C. and Belfast N.I.
Stolen Legacy is an absolute fascinating read about war and restitution.
I've read so many books about the tragedy of war that it was refreshing to read about an individuals journey and perserverence that led to restitution for her family.
I encourage you to read this book.
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