Dean Goschler Ther - Chapter 05
This chapter examines some of the basic principles behind the robbery
in the occupied territories without looking in detail into the final
whereabouts of the property itself. The investigation is restricted to
the Polish, Soviet, and also briefly the Czech lands, as the German
occupation of Yugoslavia and Greece requires separate consideration.
First, it is necessary to look at the distribution of property among
Eastern European Jews before the war. The economic significance of this
minority, of course, went far beyond the mere ownership of property; it
extended to shaping cultural values and education, and providing
"social capital," all of which was irrevocably lost as a result of the
genocide and the effects of the war.