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Museums have more to do in finding and returning Nazi-era artwork

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The Nazis stole hundreds of thousands works of art from Jewish people and others during the regime’s reign of terror in Europe in the ’30s and ’40s.

One of those pieces turned up at the The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The 1509 work “Portrait of a Young Man” by German painter Hans Baldung Grien was to have been shown by the Zimmerli in an exhibition of its European collection, set to open in April. Instead, a phone call from Simon Goodman of Los Angeles changed that.

Goodman is the grandson of a Dutch banker whose artwork was stolen by the Nazis in Holland in May 1940. The piece in question had drawn the interest of Karl Haberstock, who was a German dealer representing Adolf Hitler, and it was part of seven works traded in return for safe passage out of Nazi- occupied Europe by Goodman’s grandparents.

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Museums have more to do in finding and returning Nazi-era artwork | mycentraljersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com.

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