In a ruling with profound expected consequences for the German-Austria art scene, an appeals court cleared the way Tuesday for the heirs of a Jewish cabaret performer murdered in the Holocaust to recover two paintings from a British collector.20190710 Heirs of Holocaust Victim Prevail in Art-Recovery Case
In a deeply researched opinion that it appears could embolden legal efforts by Jewish heirs to reclaim Nazi-stolen art worldwide, a state appeals court Tuesday ruled that two highly valued early 20th century paintings looted by the Nazis belong to the heirs of the Austrian Jewish entertainer who first collected them.NY Appeals Court Explains Why Nazi-Stolen Paintings Belong With Jewish Collector's Heirs _ New York Law Journal
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!
English Translation is added in the end of the documentFelsoevanyi_Gertrude_2019-04-12 EN und Deutsch
Fair and Just Solutions?
Thursday, May 23, 2019 • 6:30 PM
—Free Admission & Open to the Public—
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10003
This program brings together Hon. John M. Walker Jr. as panel moderator with prominent attorneys in the field of art restitution to discuss the direction of court decisions. We are also pleased to have the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Art Research and the International Director of Restitution at Christie’s look back to the Nazi stolen art era and forward on the broadening of the definition of looted and stolen art.
Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., Panel Moderator
U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Raymond J. Dowd, Esq.
Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP
International Director of Restitution, Christie’s
Dr. Sharon Flescher
Executive Director, International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)
Lawrence M. Kaye, Esq.
Partner, Herrick Feinstein LLP
William Pearlstein, Esq.
Partner, Pearlstein McCullough & Lederman LLP
Die Zeit arbeitet für die Museen – und gegen die jüdischen Erben. Ein Plädoyer für die Umkehr der Beweispflicht
Time works for the museums – and against the Jewish heirs. A plea for the reversal of the burden of proof.
Artikel der Jüdische Allgemeine von Inna Goudz 14.04.201920190418_JüdischeAllgemeine
This film sequence shows the oral hearing on 13 December 2018 at the Court of Appeal in the proceedings “Heirs of Fritz Grünbaum vs. art dealer Richard Nagy”.
Diese Filmsequenz zeigt die mündliche Anhörung vom 13. Dezember 2018 am Appelatilonsgerichtshof im Verfahren „Erben von Fritz Grünbaum gegen Kunsthändler Richard Nagy“