Gerald D. Feldman: Historian of the Nazis and Finances, Dies at 70

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Gerald D. Feldman, an eminent historian of 20th-century German history who concentrated on the intersection of economics and politics to explore subjects like the hyperinflation of the 1920s and the cozy relationships between financial companies and the Nazis, died on Oct. 31 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 70.

The cause was cancer, said Beverly Crawford, associate director of the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where Dr. Feldman taught for 44 years. He also directed the institute.

Dr. Feldman was noted for his original research into how banks and insurance companies collaborated with Hitler’s regime. He was part of a team of international historians that found documents proving that Deutsche Bank had financed the building of Auschwitz.

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