By Gerald D. Feldman
Gerald Feldman's heritage of the the world over widespread assurance company Allianz AG within the Nazi period relies mostly on new or formerly unavailable archival assets, making this a extra exact account of Allianz and the lads who directed its company than was once ever prior to attainable. Feldman takes the reader via diversified situations of collaboration and clash with the Nazi regime with equity and a dedication to proficient research, relating problems with damages within the Pogrom of 1938, insuring amenities utilized in pressured exertions camps, and the issues of denazification and restitution. the wider concerns tested during this study--when cooperation with Nazi rules used to be obligatory and whilst it was once complicit, the best way revenue, ideology, and opportunism performed a task in company choice making, and the query of the way Jewish assurance resources have been expropriated--are quite proper this day given the continued overseas debate approximately restitution for Holocaust survivors. This booklet joins a turning out to be physique of scholarship in response to open entry to the documents of German organizations within the Nazi period. Gerald D. Feldman is Professor of historical past on the college of California at Berkeley. His ebook, the good sickness (Oxford, 1993) obtained the DAAD publication Prize of the German old organization and the publication Prize for relevant eu historical past from the yankee historic organization. He used to be 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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Hilgard later recalled the impression made on him by a conversation with Schmitt on this subject in which the latter found 8 Allianz and the German Insurance Business, 1933–1945 Dr. Hans Heß (1881–1957), general director of Allianz 1933–1948, about 1940. this attitude “all the more unjustified because he was utterly convinced by the high tasks of the insurance field and the ethic which it expressed. ” 9 They both agreed that it was one of their tasks to change public attitudes toward the significance and value of the insurance business and that, toward this end, the insurance industry needed a much greater public presence.
Schacht, however, refused to do any such thing and also warned against the Reich Supervisory Agency issuing a payment ban “because the outside world would view this as demonstrating the possibility of intervention from above with respect to the fulfillment of payment obligations. . intervention from above would create fear 36 37 38 Aktenvermerk Moesler, 19. Aug. 1929, HABD, S236, and Vorstandssitzung am 5. und 6. Nov. 2 /4. Little credence seems to have been given to the charges of the indicted directors that Allianz had been plotting to take over Favag all along and had even been responsible for the Lauinger articles.
In the course of this burst of expansionism, Allianz also acquired some very experienced and promising personnel, the most important of whom were Rudolf Schloeßmann (1880–1945) and Maximilian Eichbaum (1881–1958), both extraordinarily intelligent and talented insurance men from the Wilhelma. Eichbaum, a Jew, remained as head of Wilhelma, while Schloeßmann was made general director of Allianz Leben and joined Schmitt, Heß, and Hilgard to form a quartet of directors that was to dominate the affairs of Allianz in the years to come.
Allianz and the German Insurance Business, 1933-1945 by Gerald D. Feldman