It is extraordinarily gratifying that the Advisory Board of the Commission for Provenance Research in the Gertrude Felsoevanyi case has come up with a paradigm shift in the return of looted art which is in possession of the Republic of Austria.
Until now, a formal confiscation had to be proved, but now the German view of restitution is shared, namely that the loss due to persecution is decisive for restitution.
This view is taken with a delay of 25 years, but nevertheless …Chapeau!
It is also noteworthy that the decision is a revision of an earlier decision and that this revision is not based on previously unknown evidence, but on a different view from that taken 18 years ago.
It now remains to be seen to what extent the Commission for Provenance Research will revise and, if necessary, correct its own earlier decisions.
As there is no right of application, the Commission for Provenance Research must take action of its own – hopefully it will!
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