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David Rosenberg papers

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    Overview

    Description
    Series 1-4 of the David Rosenberg papers include documents, correspondence, clippings, videotapes, and photographs related to the work of David Rosenberg and the Committee for Appropriate Acknowledgment (CAA). Dr. Rosenberg and the CAA, working within Pittsburgh, PA, sought to research and document Bayer AG's corporate culpability during the Holocaust and pushed for corporate acknowledgment and atonement. Papers include research files, correspondence, event information, information regarding the CBG (Coordination against Bayer Dangers), a German group, and newspaper clippings regarding the subject. Their goals included the Pittsburgh Jewish Community's appropriate acknowledgment of Bayer's past when accepting philanthropy, corporate compensation (restitution) for slave laborers and medical experimentation victims, open access to corporate archives, and a more accurate rendering of Bayer's wartime activities in corporate publications. Also includes research and correspondence regarding Dr. Rosenberg's trip to Germany to investigate corporate archives.

    Series 5-8 document a separate but related project Dr. Rosenberg pursued at the University of Pittsburgh where he was an archivist. The slave labor settlement reached with German industry and government led to the Committee for Appropriate Acknowledgment ceasing activity. Dr. Rosenberg noticed that a Future Fund had been set aside as part of the settlement. He argued that some of the money should be focused explicitly on corporate responsibility and the Holocaust. He proposed that the University of Pittsburgh’s administration help establish an international partnership of academic institutions to survey and help preserve German corporate archives of the World War II period and apply to the Future Fund to provide financial support. The Institute for Contemporary History in Munich (IfZ) showed interest in partnering with the University of Pittsburgh on the project, and Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Wolfgang Schloer of Pitt visited the Institute to discuss their cooperation, but a grant from the Future Fund was not forthcoming.
    Date
    inclusive:  1990-2004
    Collection Creator
    David Rosenberg
    Biography
    Dr. David Rosenberg served as an archivist at the Archives Service Center of the University of Pittsburgh. Rosenberg and the Committee for Appropriate Acknowledgment (CAA), working within Pittsburgh, PA, sought to research and document Bayer AG's corporate culpability during the Holocaust and pushed for corporate acknowledgment and atonement. Dr. Rosenberg also proposed that the University of Pittsburgh’s administration help establish an international partnership of academic institutions to survey and help preserve German corporate archives of the World War II period and apply to the Future Fund to provide financial support.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English German
    Extent
    18 boxes
    System of Arrangement
    The David Rosenberg papers are arranged as eight series:

    Series 1: CAA correspondence
    Series 2: CAA events
    Series 3: CAA newspaper clippings
    Series 4: CAA research files
    Series 5: Future Fund proposal and trip
    Series 6: Future Fund correspondence and research
    Series 7: Future Fund articles
    Series 8: Future Fund archives

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Rosenberg, David.
    Corporate Name
    Bayer AG IG Farben (Firm)

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Dr. David Rosenberg donated this collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 and 2006.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-24 14:03:50
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