(24S2) How a Jewish family in Nuremberg confronted the Nazis (11 & 18 July 2024)

July 11th, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Jeffrey Metzger’s ‘paternal ancestors had been one of the most prominent families in Nuremberg since 1850 when Josef and Anton Kohn became the first Jews in 350 years to be accepted as Nuremberg citizens.  In 1878, Jeff’s great-great-great-grandfather started what became one of the largest savings banks in Bavaria.  The family remained in Nuremberg until the Nazi period. 

Before World War II Jeff’s similarly distinguished maternal family was one of Germany’s pre-eminent publishers of cutting-edge scientific research, including works by Albert Einstein.  In earlier presentations for the Jewish Study Center, Jeff focused on the publishing experience of his maternal family and his mother’s participation in the British Kindertransport program.

In a 2-session presentation this July, Jeff will explain how his paternal Jewish family confronted the Nazi threat in Nuremberg during the 1930s and early 1940s.

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Jeffrey Metzger is an attorney who serves on the board of directors of the non-profit U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.  Jeff has a special interest in immigration issues during World War II.  He previously served as Associate General Counsel of a multination corporation, as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, and in private law practice.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College and from Georgetown Law Center.