Gerald D. Feldman (1937-2007)
Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 1998, Class of Spring 1999
Chancellor's Professor of History and Director of the Institue of European Studies, University of California at Berkeley
Professor Feldman, historian, received his doctorate at Harvard University in 1964 and was an expert in the area of German and European history. He taught history at the University of California at Berkeley beginning in 1963, and since 1994 had served as Director of the Institue of European Studies. He was the author of numerous essays, studies and books on the history of the German workers' movement and the role of the unions, the inflation period during the 1920s, and the political culture in Weimar. In 1995 Feldman won the German Studies Association's DAAD Book Award for his work The Great Disorder: Politics, Economics, and Society in the German Inflation, 1914-1924. The same year, he and his co-authors received the Financial Times/Booz Allen Hamilton Business Book Award for their in-depth presentation of the history of the German Bank, The German Bank, 1870-1995.
American Academy Project
Allianz, the Insurance Business, and National Socialism
During his yearlong Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy, from September 1998 to August 1999, Feldman worked on a project entitled "History of the Allianz Insurance Company and National Socialism." He concentrated specifically on the Allianz's problems during the Great Depression, the relationship of the company to their Jewish clients and to the nationalist regime, the "Aryanization" of the company, and its participation in the expropriation of Jewish Allianz-insured properties.