ALLIANZ AND THE GERMAN INSURANCE BUSINESS, 1933-1945

GERALD D FELDMAN
590pp 2001 LIST PRICE: £76.00 H249

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This history of the prominent insurance corporation Allianz AG in the period 1933-45 takes the reader through varied cases of collaboration and conflict with the Nazi regime. It deals with issues such as damages in the Pogrom of 1938, insuring facilities used in forced labour camps and the problems of de-Nazification and restitution. Other, broader topics examined include co-operation with Nazi policies generally, the way in which profit, ideology and opportunism played a role in corporate decision-making, and the question of how Jewish insurance assets were expropriated.
A very significant contribution to this literature . . . One of the elements that makes Feldman's book so compelling is the author's keen eye for the bizarre and unexpected twist. FINANCIAL HISTORY REVIEW