By Gerald D. Feldman
Gerald Feldman's historical past of the the world over favorite coverage company Allianz AG within the Nazi period relies principally on new or formerly unavailable archival assets, making this a extra actual account of Allianz and the boys who directed its enterprise than used to be ever sooner than attainable. Feldman takes the reader via different situations of collaboration and clash with the Nazi regime with equity and a dedication to proficient research, concerning problems with damages within the Pogrom of 1938, insuring amenities utilized in compelled hard work camps, and the issues of denazification and restitution. the wider concerns tested during this study--when cooperation with Nazi rules was once obligatory and whilst it used to be complicit, the way revenue, ideology, and opportunism performed a task in company determination making, and the query of ways Jewish assurance resources have been expropriated--are quite suitable this day given the continuing overseas debate approximately restitution for Holocaust survivors. This publication joins a starting to be physique of scholarship in accordance with open entry to the documents of German agencies within the Nazi period. Gerald D. Feldman is Professor of background on the collage of California at Berkeley. His ebook, the good sickness (Oxford, 1993) bought the DAAD ebook Prize of the German old organization and the booklet Prize for critical ecu historical past from the yank old organization. He was once an invited specialist on the London Gold convention in December 1997 and on the U.S. convention on Holocaust resources in Washington, D.C. in December 1998 and served as an consultant to the Presidential Commision on Holocaust resources within the usa.
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424–7. Bericht der in der General-Versammlung vom 30. Sept. 1929 gewählten Revisions-Kommission der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Versicherungs-Aktien-Gesellschaft zu Frankfurt am Main, p. 17, FHA, B 2 /601. The Allianz Concern and Its Leaders, 1918–1933 19 chose to accept the optimistic statements of Dumcke and his directors and to do nothing. It should come as no surprise that Kurt Schmitt considered Favag a potentially promising acquisition; it was a major competitor and had a good organization. ” 28 Schmitt was aware that Favag had been doing business with a considerable amount of borrowed money and had told Dumcke that he considered this a mistaken policy, profitable or not, but he also thought Dumcke hard to replace and thus bided his time.
Artur Lauinger, Das öffentliche Gewissen. , 1958), pp. 18–22. Lauinger’s account telescopes some of the events between late 1928 and August 1929; he leaves the impression that his interviews with Dumcke and Becker and the supervisory board meeting took place within a short space of time, which could not have been possible because Dumcke died in February. Fortunately, a memorandum of Munich Re General Director Wilhelm Kisskalt of January 25, 1930, who spoke with Lauinger in April 1929 about the interview with Becker, helps clarify the sequence of events.
16 Allianz and the German Insurance Business, 1933–1945 knowledge . . ” 22 The importance attached to the Allianz-Zeitung, to the establishment of a friendly atmosphere, and to sports and social activities were all reflections of this desire to induce Allianz workers to back Schmitt’s ambitions. Indeed, such mechanisms of integration were of great importance as Allianz braced itself for and then engaged in another wave of expansion. In 1926, the Frankfurter Phönix and Providentia, the Wilhelma, and other recent acquisitions were fused with Allianz and integrated into the branches of the concern where they were located, although Schmitt allowed continued use of the mentioned names because of their fine reputations.