Tag: looted art

In the News: Chicago Magazin, The Drawing the Art Institute Won’t Give Back

The heirs of a famous Jewish entertainer killed in the Holocaust want the museum to return a work they say was stolen by the Nazis. But was it really?

20240514 - Chicagomag_The Drawing the Art Institute Won’t Give Back

Find the German Translation below:

20240514 - Chicagomag_The Drawing the Art Institute Won’t Give Back_de

LIVE STREAMING – Nazi Looted Art – Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Today, more than 75 years after the end of WWII, cases to recover artwork looted by the Nazis are being litigated across the USA. This program will discuss recent developments in the law affecting such artwork, including a new law that took effect in New York State on August 10, 2022 and the expiration of the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act’s extension of statutes of limitations for certain claims known prior to December 16, 2016. Hear from lawyers and a client who have successfully pursued claims for restitution of artwork, and learn from a lawyer/international business director for one of the world’s preeminent auction houses, about the law, the history and the ethical considerations involved in the still-unfolding cases resulting from one of history’s greatest thefts.

Presented By:
Hon. Timothy M. Reif, Esq.
Eileen Brankovic
Raymond J. Dowd, Esq.
Claudia G. Jaffe, Esq.
Samuel A. Blaustein, Esq.

NY Appeals Court Explains Why Nazi-Stolen Paintings Belong With Gruenbaum’s Heirs

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

Jonathan Petropoulos Rebuttal Report

Jonathan Petropoulos research and scholarship from 2008 to the present reaffirms that Fritz Grünbaum lost his art collection, including the Artworks, due to Nazispoliation. Historical records show that both Fritz Grünbaum’s property and the property of his wife and widow, Elisabeth Grünbaum (“Elisabeth”), were under the control of “Aryan” trustee Ludwig Rochlitzer who was appointed by the Nazis to liquidate their property in January 1939 pursuant to the 3 December 1938 Aryan Trustee Act.
In his striking report he summerizes and discusses the direct evidence showing Nazi control of Fritz Grünbaum’s art collection in 1939 through his death in 1941.

The evidence that the Nazis had custody of Fritz Grünbaum (imprisoned in the Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps) and his artworks (stored and “blocked” in a Schenker & Co. warehouse, an entity utilized by the Nazis to despoil property) is overwhelming, reliable, and uncontroverted.

Jonathan Petropoulos Rebuttal Report

(Not) On Display in London: Artworks Stolen From Fritz Gruenbaum


Soon after writing this blog entry an e-mail arrived:


Dear Mr Dowd,

It has been brought to my attention that an item concerning loans to The Courtauld Gallery’s forthcoming Egon Schiele exhibition has been placed on a website for which you are listed as one of the contacts. On that basis I am writing to you to let you know that the three works mentioned there are not due to form part of the exhibition in London.

Yours sincerely,

Ernst Vegelin


Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen

Head of The Courtauld Gallery


The heirs of Fritz Grünbaum would like to thank Mr. Vegelin very much for  promptness and proficiency in handling this matter.
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Kornfeld – from Grünbaum to Gurlitt

Von Grünbaum bis Gurlitt – 60 Jahre Tradition des Handels mit Raubkunst

From Grünbaum to Gurlitt – a tradition for 60 years in trading with looted art

downloadA race against time_Swiss urged to provide missing links to Nazi-looted art - swissinfo (November 7, 2013)

downloadRennen gegen die Zeit_Schweiz soll bei Nazi-Raubkunst Karten offenlegen - swissinfo (7.November 2013)
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