Article in German from “Der Spiegel”20181006 Der Spiegel 41_Notfalls
But now the foundation is being criticized for removing from public view 63 works by the Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele, as a result of lobbying by several dealers who specialize in the artist. The dealers contend the works in question were never stolen.
The removal — a rare step — is being challenged by the heirs of a popular Viennese cabaret performer, Fritz Grünbaum, whose sizable art collection, including 81 Schieles, was inventoried by Nazi agents in 1938 after he had been sent to a concentration camp where he died.20180827 Jewish Heirs Take on an Art Foundation That Rights Nazi Wrongs - The New York Times
April 19, 2017
“Collateral estoppel requires the issue to be indentical to that determined in the prior proceeding,” the panel said. “[That has not]…been shown here where the purchaser, the pieces, and the time over which the pieces were held differ significantly.”
The lawsuite is part of a long-running fight to reclaim art once owned by Austrian Jew Fritz Grunbaum, who amassed a rare 449-piece art collection that was confiscated by Nazis in 1938, his heirs say. Grunbaum died at the Dachau concetration camp.
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His heirs’ attempts to recover them will be framed by President Obama’s Holocaust Act
6 April 2017|
A dispute in New York over two watercolours by Egon Schiele will revisit the tragic life of their owner in the 1930s, Fritz Grünbaum, a popular Jewish entertainer in Vienna who died a Nazi prisoner in Dachau.
Some also see the case as an early assessment of the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act, which regularised a federal statute of limitations of six years, beginning with the discovery of an object, during which claims can be made for the recovery of Nazi loot in the US. The statute affirms a US interest in the restitution of art stolen during the Nazi era.
Art Dealer Networks in the Third Reich and in the Postwar Period
Journal of Contemporary History
First published date: January-01-2016
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The New York Times
A Suit Over Schiele Drawings Invokes New Law on Nazi-Looted Art
By WILLIAM D. COHAN FEB. 27, 2017
Egon Schiele’s “Woman Hiding Her Face” (1912) is one of two drawings at issue in a suit brought by heirs of the collector Fritz Grunbaum.
When the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act was adopted unanimously by Congress in December, it was widely praised as a necessary tool to help the heirs of Holocaust victims recover art stolen from their families during World War II.
Now the efficacy of the HEAR Act, as it is known, may get an early test in New York State Court, where the heirs of Fritz Grunbaum, an Austrian Jewish entertainer, are citing it in efforts to claim two valuable colorful drawings by Egon Schiele.
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