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Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin

Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin

By Dina Gold

Stolen Legacy is the true story of the legal battle Dina fought on behalf of her once prominent German-Jewish family, to reclaim ownership of the business headquarters taken from them in the 1930s after the Nazis came to power.

The Wolff family building at Krausenstrasse 17/18, in the Mitte district of Berlin, housed what had once been one of the largest and most prosperous fur businesses in Germany. Built by Dina’s great-grandfather in 1910, it was foreclosed on by the Victoria Insurance Company in 1937. Ownership was transferred to Hitler’s railways, the Reichsbahn, the state-owned organization that later transported millions of Jews across Europe to the death camps.

Today, the Victoria is one of Germany’s top insurance companies, though few are probably aware that it played a role in insuring the buildings at the Auschwitz death camp during World War Two.

The book tells the history of the Wolff family and their business empire and details the many challenges faced by anyone attempting to claim restitution or compensation for Nazi theft. Delving into newly opened archives the author makes some startling discoveries about the fates of many of the people linked to the story.

Hardcover
304 pages
6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
Ankerwycke Press
ISBN 9781627229708

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