Allianz and the German Insurance Business, 1933–1945

Allianz and the German Insurance Business, 1933–1945

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This history of the internationally prominent insurance corporation Allianz AG in the Nazi era is based largely on new or previously unavailable archival sources. Feldman takes the reader through varied cases of collaboration and conflict with the Nazi regime with fairness and a commitment to informed analysis. He touches on issues of damages in the Pogrom of 1938, insuring facilities used in forced labour camps, and the problems of de-Nazification and restitution. The broader issues examined in this study - cooperation with Nazi policies, the way in which profit, ideology, and opportunism played a role in corporate decision-making, and the question of how Jewish insurance assets were expropriated - are particularly relevant today given the ongoing international debate about restitution for Holocaust survivors. This book joins a growing body of scholarship based on free access to the records of German corporations in the Nazi era.the politics of the insurance business Successful as Allianz may have been, the private insurance industry did not es- cape entirely ... The Favag affair demonstrated that government supervision of insurance had been inadequate, and the RAA began ... charging low premiums that he considered unfair competition because they did not cover costs and risk sufficiently. ... Association and, by 1929, one of its most powerful voices; likewise, Allianz was one of its most influential members.

Title:Allianz and the German Insurance Business, 1933–1945
Author:Gerald D. Feldman
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2001-10-22


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