By Gerald D. Feldman

Gerald Feldman's background of the across the world sought after assurance company Allianz AG within the Nazi period relies mostly on new or formerly unavailable archival resources, making this a extra exact account of Allianz and the boys who directed its enterprise than was once ever earlier than attainable. Feldman takes the reader via diversified circumstances of collaboration and clash with the Nazi regime with equity and a dedication to knowledgeable research, relating problems with damages within the Pogrom of 1938, insuring amenities utilized in compelled exertions camps, and the issues of denazification and restitution. the wider matters tested during this study--when cooperation with Nazi regulations used to be obligatory and whilst it was once complicit, the way revenue, ideology, and opportunism performed a task in company selection making, and the query of ways Jewish coverage resources have been expropriated--are relatively proper this day given the continuing foreign debate approximately restitution for Holocaust survivors. This publication joins a starting to be physique of scholarship in keeping with open entry to the documents of German enterprises within the Nazi period. Gerald D. Feldman is Professor of background on the collage of California at Berkeley. His publication, the nice ailment (Oxford, 1993) acquired the DAAD booklet Prize of the German old organization and the booklet Prize for vital ecu heritage from the yankee historic organization. He was once an invited specialist on the London Gold convention in December 1997 and on the U.S. convention on Holocaust resources in Washington, D.C. in December 1998 and served as an consultant to the Presidential Commision on Holocaust resources within the usa.

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Aktennotiz Schmitt, 26. Nov. 1929, BAB, 80 Ba 2 /P 5785. 20 Allianz and the German Insurance Business, 1933–1945 been shown discount bills with Dumcke’s signature that he deemed very dubious. For Lauinger, however, the more important question was whether an insurance company had any business discounting bills of the type shown to him and engaging in banking business of this kind. Lauinger visited Dumcke shortly before the latter’s death and insisted on knowing more about Favag’s activities in the guarantee and lending fields.

The obligation to cede business to Allianz was to extend to any new mergers or participations on the part of Allianz, while Munich Re agreed to pay for half of such cessions. 12 What all this meant is that Allianz and Munich Re were to work ever more closely in the future, and that the latter was committed to supporting the former in its efforts to achieve economies of scope and scale through a policy of expansion, concern building, and organizational rationalization. , p. 11. This is based on the discussion in Martin Herzog, “Was Dokumente erzählen können – Zur Geschichte der Münchener Rück,” VII Bde.

On the other hand, Allianz had the distinct advantage of operating in all the various insurance fields in which Favag operated, had a superior apparatus and organization for dealing with the Favag policies, and was willing to put up guarantees for these immediately while negotiating over the final purchase price. Time was of the essence if a widening crisis were to be averted and unwelcome interventions by the State avoided. As the bankers concluded: Finally, in view of the fact that it is impossible in the time available to wait for the coming together of the big insurance companies, which would take a very long time, and that one under no circumstances should allow the Reich Supervisory Agency for Private Insurance to mix in, it was decided to ask Herr Dr.

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