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of Berkeley Talks Episode 163, Uwe Westphal, author of the book 2019, Fashion Metropolis Berlin 1836-1939: The Story of the Rise and Fall of the Jewish Fashion Industry, Learn about Berlin’s once-thriving Jewish fashion industry and how the Nazi confiscation of Jewish-owned businesses in the years before World War II led to the industry’s demise.
“The destruction of the entire fashion industry meant forced labor, theft by government organizations, the murder and deportation of Jews,” says Westphal. “Today, 78 years after the end of World War II, unlike most other industries in Germany, fashion manufacturers both large and small have not yet taken responsibility for what happened. A generation needs to understand the connection between the Holocaust and the collapse of Berlin’s fashion industry.”
The event, held on February 15, was sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco.
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On February 15th, author Uwe Westphal gave a talk about her 2019 book. Fashion Metropolis Berlin 1836-1939: The Story of the Rise and Fall of the Jewish Fashion Industry.
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