The Holocaust Litigations: Defining Guilt, Extracting Reparations – with William Lerach

October 11, 2017
 

 

When:
January 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
2018-01-17T17:00:00-08:00
2018-01-17T17:15:00-08:00
Where:
UC San Diego, Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Atkinson Hall
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
USA
Cost:
Free
Eliminationist antisemitism may have been the main reason behind the Nazis’ lethal assault on European Jews, but there was also a profit motive: for some, the Holocaust was an opportunity for economic exploitation. This is the story of a small band of American lawyers who, 50 years after the fact, exposed the widespread complicity of major Swiss banks and multi-national German corporations in the Holocaust. Among the lawyers involved in this long-overdue attempt atWiedergutmachung was William Lerach, a leading securities lawyer in the US. In this lecture, Lerach discusses the litigations that recovered stolen property worth several billion dollars. A member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Lerach is the recipient of the prestigious Legacy Laureate award from the University of Pittsburgh. Patrick Patterson, a professor of history at UC San Diego, will provide an introduction and comments.

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