T101 | Trading with the Enemy: The German Military, Diamonds and Oil in World War II


9:30 am - 11:00 am 


3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 & 4/27

Six Sessions 

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.

Before America’s entry into World War II, President Roosevelt used World War I’s Trading With the Enemy Act (TWEA) to issue Executive orders that prohibited trading or dealing with property of residents of German occupied territories — starting with Norway and Denmark and expanding as the Germany Army occupied more countries — unless the transaction was approved by the Treasury Department. Nonetheless trade in German Army-confiscated Dutch and Belgian diamonds continued in violation of the "freeze orders." This course delves into the TWEA, the Executive orders and the case of Von Clemm v. Smith - likely the only World War II TWEA case wherein an American citizen in the U.S. was found to be an enemy agent.

Carl Goodman is an adjunct professor of Japan/United States Comparative Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle and Temple University’s Tokyo University. He held a Fulbright Research Award at Tokyo University and served as a Professor of Anglo-American Law at Hiroshima University. He is a recipient of Georgetown University Law Center’s Charles Fehy Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award. Professor Goodman is a retired partner from the international law firm of Jones Day and a Life member of the American Law Institute.


Sign up for our free email newsletter, and don't miss out on our great programs!
Support OLLI at Berkshire Community College and lifelong learning!

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College
Partners in education with Williams College, Bard College at Simon's Rock and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

1350 West Street | Pittsfield, MA 01201 | 413.236.2190 | olli@berkshirecc.edu

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software