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posted Friday, November 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 46
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents 'Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice' at Temple De Hirsch Sinai
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents 'Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice' at Temple De Hirsch Sinai

Dina Gold, author of Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin, and Suzanne Brown-Fleming, author of Nazi Persecution and Postwar Repercussions, discuss the ongoing challenges of restitution and the museum's resources

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents 'Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice' on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7pm at Temple De Hirsch Sinai (1441 16th Avenue) in Seattle. The program is co-presented with the Holocaust Center for Humanity and Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

How can we seek justice for Holocaust victims whose property was seized and their lives torn apart? Former BBC investigative journalist and author Dina Gold describes the Nazi theft of her family's business in Berlin, her extensive battle to reclaim it, and the Museum resources that help build restitution cases.

In her new book, Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin, 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.

It is estimated that less than 20 percent of the value of Jewish assets stolen by the Nazis and their collaborators has been restored. At least $115 billion to $175 billion remains unreturned despite numerous clear and explicit international agreements and country promises made during World War II and immediately thereafter. The presenters will discuss 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.

Speakers include:

o Suzanne Brown-Fleming, author of Nazi Persecution and Postwar Repercussions and Director, Visiting Scholar Programs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

o Dina Gold, author of Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin.

o Moderator: Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.



'This is a poignant look at how families continue to struggle and face ongoing challenges to the Nazi regime more than 75 years after the war,' said Steven Klappholz, the Museum's Western Regional Director. 'The speakers have experienced firsthand the battle for justice and restitution on behalf of their loved ones, in a sense to restore their family's dignity and pride of possession.'

In the 23 years since it opened, the Museum has educated and inspired more than 40 million visitors, including more than 10 million children and nearly 100 heads of state. A permanent reminder on the National Mall in Washington of what can occur when the world fails to take action, the Museum inspires citizens and leaders alike to confront hate and indifference, end genocide and promote human dignity.

The Museum's work is having a significant impact - here in Washington state and around the world. Hundreds of Seattle area schoolteachers - and thousands more from all 50 states - are trained each year in how to make the Holocaust relevant and meaningful to young people. The Museum's leadership programs are inspiring Washington judges, police and military officers to heed the lessons of the Holocaust and understand their roles as safeguards of democracy. The Museum brings together policymakers, diplomats and heads of state to focus on ending the continuing scourge of genocide.

The 'Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice' program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at ushmm.org/events/stolen-legacy-seattle. For more information, contact the Museum's Western Regional office at 310.556.3222 or email at western@ushmm.org.

Following the program, Gold and Brown-Fleming will be signing copies of their books, which will be available for sale.

About the Campaign
Through its national campaign 'Never Again: What You Do Matters,' the Museum seeks to make critical investments to keep Holocaust memory alive as a relevant, transformative force in the 21st -century. The $540 million comprehensive goal includes building a stronger endowment, increased annual fund, and new collections, conservation and research center. Visit www.ushmm.org/campaign to learn more about how you can join us in this urgent effort.

About the Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

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