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Archive of artworks stolen by Nazis goes online | World news | The Guardian

Archive of artworks stolen by Nazis goes online Catalogue launched to help historians and families trace art looted during Hitler era http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/05/archive-artworks-stolen-nazis-online • Sam Jones • guardian.co.uk, Thursday 5 May 2011 17.01 BST US soldiers load a truck with a painting and trinkets looted by the Nazis and found hidden in a cave. Photograph: William Vandivert/Time & Life Pictures/Getty…

Schiele Work May Make Record $50 Million, Nazi Art Case Settled – Bloomberg

Schiele Work May Make Record $50 Million, Nazi Art Case Settled By Scott Reyburn – May 5, 2011 4:00 AM ET http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-05/schiele-cityscape-may-fetch-record-50-million-as-looted-art-case-settled.html “Hauser mit bunter Waesche, ‘Vorstadt’ II” by Egon Schiele. It is being sold by the Leopold Museum, Vienna, at Sotheby’s June 22 auction of Impressionist and modern art in London. Source: Sotheby’s via Bloomberg “Portrait of Wally” (1912) by Egon Schiele. The…

RESTITUTIONS COMMITTEE ISSUES THREE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING CLAIMS TO STOLEN WORKS OF ART

RESTITUTIONS COMMITTEE ISSUES THREE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING CLAIMS TO STOLEN WORKS OF ART The Restitutions Committee is publishing three recommendations, which were issued in recent months. In these, the Committee advises the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science to return two works of art to the former owners’ heirs. The State Secretary will adopt the…

Berlin library returns books stolen by Nazis

Berlin’s state library handed back 13 books stolen by the Nazis to the Jewish community Wednesday as the German government pledged to redouble its efforts to return plundered cultural treasures. The emotional ceremony came about thanks to a new drive to research the provenance of state holdings with the aim of restitution, German Culture Minister…

Genealogist Karen Franklin returns loot stolen by Nazis to rightful owners

Genealogist Karen Franklin returns loot stolen by Nazis to rightful owners. At the Hebrew Home for the Aged, genealogist Karen Franklin shows Seder plate taken during WWII by the Nazis when they looted Jewish people’s homes. When a large, silver Seder plate was donated to the Derfner Judaica Museum in Riverdale in 2001, genealogistKaren Franklin, the museum’s…

Nazi looting: Italy denies U.S. export license to Baroque painting looted by Nazis – latimes.com

Nazi looting: Italy denies U.S. export license to Baroque painting looted by Nazis – latimes.com. The first time Philippa Calnan saw the Nazi-looted painting of St. Catherine of Alexandria by Bernardo Strozzi that had once belonged to her family was “an extremely moving moment.” Now, the Beverly Hills art aficionado says her emotions are running high for…

Transfer ceremony marks return of antique porcelain to heirs of former German prime minister

Count Heinrich von Bruehl, a former prime minister of Saxony. During World War II, the Nereid Sweetmeat Stand was stolen. After a forensic investigation by ICE, the Nereid Sweetmeat Stand, which has been in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection since 1956, was determined to be the same piece taken from Dresden. Custody will transfer to the…

Robert Edsel – The Nazi Treasure Hunter

There are those who believe that two of the world’s most high-profile missing artifacts are hidden somewhere in the Dallas area. It’s an interesting coincidence, given that the man leading the search for them and other cultural treasures lost since World War II happens to live right here. The objects are reliquaries from the Dark Ages, sacred containers…

Hungary’s Response to Herzog Collection Lawsuit Avoids the Case’s Merits | Business Wire

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hungary has responded to the complaint filed against it and its museums for artworks looted from the Herzog family with an attempt to avoid a review of the merits of the family’s complaint by the U.S. District Court. Without denying the family’s assertion that it never voluntarily parted with its art collection, Hungary would…

Beutekunst: Warschau stellt einen Katalog von 2000 verlorenen Kunstwerken online

Wo die stille Diplomatie versagt – Nachrichten Print – DIE WELT – Kultur – WELT ONLINE. Die Rückführung von Beutekunst ist eine delikate Angelegenheit. Deshalb setzt auch Polen, das nach dem großen Kunstraub im Zweiten Weltkrieg einiges zurückzugewinnen hätte, dabei auf stille Diplomatie. So still geht es gelegentlich zu, dass die großen polnischen Zeitungen vorige…

Dispute Over Jewish Archive Derails Russian Art Loans to U.S.

Several paintings from Gauguin’s Tahitian period will probably be missing from a major exhibition of his work at the National Gallery of Art in Washington when it opens this month, as will a canvas in that museum’s coming show on the Venetian painter Canaletto and his rivals. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art a small but important exhibition of Cézanne’s famous…

admin.ch – Rapport sur l'état des travaux dans le domaine de l'art spolié à l'époque du national-socialisme

Berne, 17.01.2011 – L’Office fédéral de la culture (OFC) publie, à la demande du Conseil fédéral, le « Rapport du DFI/DFAE sur l’état des travaux dans le domaine de l’art spolié, et notamment dans le domaine des recherches de provenance à l’époque du national-socialisme ». Ce document publié sur internet contient le résumé d’une enquête sur l’état…

Is It Immoral To Re-Steal Previously Looted Holocaust Memorabilia?

For a Jewish visitor to Poland, is it moral to steal souvenirs that may have themselves been looted from Jewish homes during the Holocaust?Not according to yesterday’s Ethicist column in the New York Times Magazine. “Traveling in Poland, I visited antique stores offering Jewish items — menorahs, mezuzas — that seemed more than 65 years…

Holocaust archives snatched – San Antonio Express-News

A volunteer at one of the world’s largest privately held Holocaust archives was arrested here Wednesday, accused of pilfering thousands of priceless documents to sell online. Authorities said Mansal Denton, 20, began volunteering at The Mazal Holocaust Library in Hill Country Village in June 2009, assigned to scan documents to put on the non-profit’s website. He continued to make sporadic appearances…

Rue Frontenac – Un tableau de Brueghel revient sur la terre d'accueil de Max Stern

C’est la petite histoire d’un grand tableau. Allégorie de la Terre et de l’eau, du peintre flamand Jan Brueghel dit le Jeune, est revenu il y a quelques semaines aux héritiers de son propriétaire en terre québécoise, après un long périple, passant entre les mains des nazis qui l’avaient volé lors de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Ah,…

WikiLeaks Cables Cited in Tale of Sunken Treasure – NYTimes.com

ATLANTA — The latest twist in the WikiLeaks tale is a plot worthy of a Tom Clancy thriller. It is a story of international intrigue starring millions of dollars in sunken treasure, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the government of Spain and an Impressionist painting by Camille Pissarro of a rain-soaked Paris boulevard, believed to have been stolen by the Nazis. Odyssey Marine…

A famous dinner table centerpiece pinched from a German castle more than 60 years ago is on its way back to the “vaterland” thanks to a settlement hammered out in Brooklyn federal court.

A famous dinner table centerpiece pinched from a German castle more than 60 years ago is on its way back to the “vaterland” thanks to a settlement hammered out in Brooklyn federal court. via YourNabe.com > Archives > Brooklyn Graphic > Police.

Berlin's Lost Treasures Resurface at Local Flea Market, Sotheby's New York

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-16/berlin-s-lost-treasures-resurface-at-local-flea-market-sotheby-s-new-york.html By Catherine Hickley – Dec 15, 2010 7:00 PM ET Thu Dec 16 00:00:01 GMT 2010 “Dog With Gray Horse” by William Cole. The work was taken from Berlin by the exiled Iraqi prime minister in 1942. It was returned to Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie in October this year and is now on show at…

Spain and Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection petition US Supreme Court

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Spain+and+Thyssen-Bornemisza+Collection+petition+US+Supreme+Court/22138 For the first time, they reveal historical evidence that they say show Lily Cassirer received full payment for allegedly Nazi-looted art at fair market value By Martha Lufkin | Web only Published online 15 Dec 10 (News) The US Supreme Court has been asked to review a court ruling which allowed a lawsuit to…

More Than 10,000 Unrestituted Nazi-Looted Art Objects Now Listed on Internet; Call to Museums, Dealers to Check Holdings

More Than 10,000 Unrestituted Nazi-Looted Art Objects Now Listed on Internet; Call to Museums, Dealers to Check Holdings http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-10000-unrestituted-nazi-looted-art-objects-now-listed-on-internet-call-to-museums-dealers-to-check-holdings-105158444.html NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Nazi records and photographs of the looting of more than 20,000 individual art objects from Jews in France and Belgium are now online in a searchable database, which shows…

Jerusalem, Israel: Israel Museum returns Nazi-looted artwork

Israel Museum returns Nazi-looted artwork http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/09/29/2741080/israel-museum-returns-nazi-looted-artwork September 29, 2010 JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Museum has restituted a Paul Klee drawing to the estate of the Jewish art collector who owned the work before it was looted by the Nazis. Klee’s 1920 drawing was owned by Harry Fuld J. from 1932 until 1941. Fuld left…

Larissa, Greece: Search for Nazi-stolen antiquities

Search for Nazi-stolen antiquities http://www.ana-mpa.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=9152224&maindocimg=4422801&service=102 (ANA-MPA) — A campaign for the repatriation of sculptures stolen from Larissa during the withdrawal of the Nazi troops in 1944 has been launched by a central Greece municipality. Sculptures that decorated archaic steles were looted by Nazi occupation forces from the Archaeological Museum of Larissa in November 1944, according…

NY, NY USA: Who really owns a drawing by the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele?

2nd Circuit Sends Art Ownership Dispute Back to the Drawing Board Who really owns a drawing by the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele? http://www.law.com/jsp/law/international/LawArticleIntl.jsp?id=1202471725149&nd_Circuit_Sends_Art_Ownership_Dispute_Back_to_the_Drawing_Board Daniel Wise New York Law Journal September 07, 2010 Egon Schiele, Self Portrait 1914 The heirs of an art collector who perished in a Nazi concentration camp have been given another chance…

Wiesbaden – Museum returns Baroque painting confiscated during Nazi era. The Pieter de Grebber work belonged to Jakob and Rosa Oppenheimer

Museum returns Baroque painting confiscated during Nazi era. The Pieter de Grebber work belonged to Jakob and Rosa Oppenheimer By Josephine von Perfall | Web onlyPublished online 27 Aug 10 (News) http://www.theartnewspaper.com/ Director of the Museum Wiesbaden, Dr. Volker Rattemeyer with “Double Portrait of a Young Couple” by Dutch painter Pieter de Grebber, which is…

Vienna, Austria: Schiele Art Back In Austria After Ownership Feud

Schiele Art Back In Austria After Ownership Feud http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129377681 by The Associated Press VIENNA August 23, 2010, 11:34 am ET A 12-year battle over the possession of a painting that was stolen from a Jewish Austrian by the Nazis came to a close on Monday when the work by Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele was displayed…

In stolen jewelry box, artifacts from a family history

In stolen jewelry box, artifacts from a family history http://community.adn.com/adn/node/152614 Posted by adn_jomalley Posted: August 3, 2010 – 6:29 pm STOLEN JEWELRY: A brooch carved in a concentration camp was one of the family heirlooms that was stolen from Hana Seda’s home recently.(MARC LESTER / Anchorage Daily News) The brooch is bone white, curved like…

Budapest, Hungary: Eastern Europe under spotlight on art restitution

Eastern Europe under spotlight on art restitution http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/02/AR2010080201123.html By GEORGE JAHN The Associated Press Monday, August 2, 2010; 6:23 AM BUDAPEST, Hungary — A tug-of-war in the United States over who owns a huge art trove seized by Hungary’s Nazi henchmen is the most prominent example of disputed restitution policies in formerly communist eastern Europe…

Painting stolen by Nazi now on display in New York

Painting stolen by Nazi now on display in New York http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/07/29/new.york.stolen.painting/#fbid=9ojdDUuCVGI By the CNN Wire Staff July 29, 2010 — Updated 2327 GMT (0727 HKT) (CNN) — A demur redhead in a modest black dress is making a brief appearance in New York, before finally returning home to Austria. “Portrait of Wally,” painted by Austrian…

Settlement Announced on Painting Stolen by Nazis

Settlement Announced on Painting Stolen by Nazis http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703724104575379783042679878.html By KELLY CROW In a settlement that resolves one of the art world’s longest-running ownership disputes, Vienna’s Leopold Museum agreed Tuesday to pay $19 million to the heirs of a Jewish art dealer for the right to keep an Egon Schiele painting that was stolen by the…

UK appoints Envoy for post-Holocaust Issues

Press release: Wednesday 9 June 2010 UK appoints Envoy for post-Holocaust Issues Foreign Secretary William Hague has appointed Sir Andrew Burns as the United Kingdom’s first Envoy for post-Holocaust Issues. Sir Andrew, a former UK Ambassador to Israel, will be responsible for leading the Government’s efforts on a range of important post-Holocaust work. This includes…

Art stolen by Hitler discovered at SMU museum

Art stolen by Hitler discovered at SMU museum http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Art-Stolen-by-Hitler-Found-at-SMU-Meadows-Museum-93695214.html by DAVID SCHECHTER WFAA Posted on May 13, 2010 at 11:32 PM Updated today at 10:20 AM UNIVERSITY PARK — The SMU Meadows Museum, known as one of America’s great university museums, recently discovered three of its most prominent works have a breathtaking past. They were…

Retrieving Art Stolen By Nazis a Tough Task

Retrieving Art Stolen By Nazis a Tough Task http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=50439 The Holocaust claimed about 6 million Jewish lives during World War II. Survivors not only endured the loss of loved ones, but also lost billions in assets looted by Nazis — including valuable pieces of art. Ori Soltes, the Goldman Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine…

Possible Nazi art thefts found in Canada

Possible Nazi art thefts found in Canada Published on Sunday, 21st February, 2010 at 20:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria houses paintings from Norwegian Royal Palace. Sinclair’s landing in Romsdal, 1876 Photo: (Illustration)Adolph TidemandWikimedia: http://theforeigner.no/pages/news/possible-nazi-art-thefts-found-in-canada/ NRK has discovered four paintings from the Norwegian Royal Palace collection “hidden away”…

Vier Gemälde kehren in die Alte Nationalgalerie zurück

Freitag, 4. Dezember 2009 07:08  – Von Gabriela Walde “Vier verlorene Kinder sind zurück!”, geradezu emotional kündigte Michael Eissenhauer, Generaldirektor der Staatlichen Museen, gestern in der Alten Nationalgalerie die Rückkehr von vier Gemälden an. Allesamt stammen sie aus dem 19. Jahrhundert und galten seit 1945 verschollen: Charles Hoguets “Brücke über einen Fluss”, Eduard Meyerheims “Kinder…

Polen und Russland streiten um Beutekunst

Aus den Museen in Polen sind während des Zweiten Weltkriegs und in den Jahren danach schätzungsweise rund eine Million Kunstwerke entführt worden. Neben den Nazis sollen dafür auch die Sowjets verantwortlich sein, die sich ebenfalls in den Museen in Warschau, Danzig und anderen polnischen Städten bedient haben. Nachdem es Polen im Gegensatz zu anderen bestohlenen…

How Allied soldiers and scholars saved cultural treasures from destruction and the Nazis

During the darkest days of World War II, a ragtag band of British and American art scholars braved the battlefields of Europe to rescue thousands of cultural treasures from Nazi pillage and the collateral damage of armed conflict. These “monuments men’’ propped up collapsing buildings; repaired battle-scarred frescoes and mosaics; guided Allied bombers away from…