August 16, 2002

WE CAN DEBASE ANYTHING :

A Flawed Crusade for Holocaust Justice : a review of THE VICTIM'S FORTUNE Inside the Epic Battle over the Debts of the Holocaust By John Authers and Richard Wolffe (Neal Sandler, Business Week)
Fifty years after the end of World War II, a small group of American Jews launched a campaign to resolve one of the most complex issues of the Holocaust: the plundering of the property of European Jewry by the Nazis and their accomplices. In time, the aggrieved would win some monetary redress and a good deal of publicity for their cause. But as John Authers and Richard Wolffe show in The Victim's Fortune, what began as a crusade for justice led quickly, and perhaps inevitably, to an unseemly squabble over money and representation. The authors, both of the Financial Times, have provided a well-written account of a fascinating, convoluted set of events.

An interesting review--it sounds like the book makes some of the same points that folks have made in the Comments section about the ugly battle for repayment of Holocaust debts. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 16, 2002 8:55 AM
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