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The Bennett Center for Judaic Studies hosts a variety of lectures and programs throughout the academic year. Joan and Henry Katz Lecture in Judaic Studies. “The Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry, Berlin 1836 – 1939” Speaker: Uwe Westphal, journalist, and author, Fashion Metropolis Berlin (2019)

Topic “The Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry, Berlin 1836 – 1939”

Description Speaker: Uwe Westphal, journalist, and author, Fashion Metropolis Berlin (2019)

Uwe Westphal tells the story of Jewish participation in Germany’s fashion industry and how the Nazi loyalists of fashion contributed to the Holocaust. At the beginning of the 20th century, the majority of the fashion houses were owned by Jewish people. They influenced the arts, theatre, film, and painting. Movie stars like Marlene Dietrich helped create and promote the style. After 1933, within the following six years, 2,700 Berlin Jewish fashion companies were confiscated, and Jewish owners were robbed of their properties. Today, there still exists a “wall of silence” in the German fashion industry.

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Cost: Complimentary

Time Apr 13, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)