The Holocaust Litigations: Defining Guilt, Extracting Reparations – With William Lerach

01/17/2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Sponsored by Philip and Gayle Tauber

*Please be aware that due to several events happening across campus, parking will be limited on Wednesday, January 17 . We encourage all attendees to park in the Gilman Parking Structure and allow ample time to purchase a permit, park, and walk to Geisel Library. We apologize for the inconvenience.

On Wednesday, January 17, the HLHW series will feature William Lerach, a leading securities lawyer in the US who will shed light on how eliminationist antisemitism may have been the main reason behind the Nazis’ lethal assault on European Jews, but there was also a profit motive: for some, the Holocaust was an opportunity for economic exploitation. This is the story of a small band of American lawyers who, 50 years after the fact, exposed the widespread complicity of major Swiss banks and multi-national German corporations in the Holocaust. Among the lawyers involved in this long-overdue attempt at Wiedergutmachung was William Lerach. In this lecture, Lerach discusses the litigations that recovered stolen property worth several billion dollars. Besides his involvement in some of the largest law suits in recent yearshe has pursued numerous high-profile human rights litigations, including suits for laborers in Saipan’s garment factories, American WW II POWs forced to work in Japanese weapons factories, and victims of the Holocaust. A member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Lerach is the recipient of the prestigious Legacy Laureate award from the University of Pittsburgh. Patrick Patterson, a professor of history at UC San Diego, will provide an introduction and comments.

To learn more about UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact Susanne Hillman at or (858) 534-7661. For information about accessible parking on campus, click here.

Parking Information

All visitors to the UC San Diego campus are required to display a valid parking pass. We encourage all attendees to park in the Gilman Parking Structure. NOTE: an attendant will be on hand as you enter the structure to purchase a permit. More information about parking on campus.

Parking in Gilman Parking Structure 

Follow directional signage to enter from Villa La Jolla Drive

  1. Take CA I-5
  2. Take La Jolla Village Drive exit westbound (right off freeway)
  3. Take La Jolla Village Drive to Villa La Jolla Drive
  4. Turn right on Villa La Jolla Drive
  5. Follow Villa La Jolla Drive to Gilman Drive
  6. The Gilman parking structure is straight ahead on the intersection of Villa La Jolla Drive and Gilman Drive

Walking to Geisel Library 

Follow pedestrian directional signage from Gilman Parking Structure to Geisel Library.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. Please allow 10 – 15 minutes to walk to the Library’s Seuss Room from the parking structure.

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2 comments for “The Holocaust Litigations: Defining Guilt, Extracting Reparations – With William Lerach”

On February 2, 2018, 2:53 PM Joe Vecchio said:

Hi … can you tell us when the video of this magnificent lecture will be available? Thank you.

On February 5, 2018, 2:51 PM Kolupailo, Nicole said:

Hi Joe, thanks for attending our Holocaust Living History Workshop in January. The video of this talk can be found on the Library’s YouTube Channel at

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