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Oral history interview with Seymour Rubin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0027 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0449

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Seymour Rubin, born April 6, 1914 in Chicago, IL, discusses his family background in Chicago; his schooling and becoming a lawyer; his knowledge of the early days of Nazi Germany; his work for the Securities and Exchange Commission and transfer in 1943 to the State Department where he worked in the Reorganization Program in the Foreign Funds Control Division; his part in trying to wrest businesses in Latin America from German control, so they could not be used to fund the German war effort; his involvement with the Safehaven Program's efforts to prevent the recurrence of fascism; blacklisting companies from neutral countries that were doing business with the Germans; antisemitism within the State Department and other American agencies; the controversy surrounding the invitation of prominent German scientists to immigrate to the United States to help the US with its rocket building program; the system set up under the Paris and Potsdam Agreements to secure German assets in neutral countries in order to use them as war reparations; negotiations with Switzerland about reparations; the fate of gold looted by the Germans; and his role in the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization.

Interviewee
Seymour J. Rubin
Interviewer
Neenah Ellis
Date
1997 January 06  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).