Category: Video- and Audio lectures about the Case

Watch the lecture by Raymond Dowd at Boston College Law School! Nazi Art Looting – Stolen Art in US Museums and How It Got There

Girl With Black Hair –  Stolen From Fritz Grunbaum, Now At Oberlin College

Here is a link to a lecture at the Boston College School of Law on April 22, 2010.  The URL is

Assoc. Dean Filippa Anzalone and her terrific Art Law students gave Raymond Dowd  a great welcome and asked lots of tough questions.  Dean Anzalone wrotea lovely letter and kindly gave permission to reprint:

Dear Ray:

Thank you again for your wonderful presentation for the Art Law Seminar on April 22nd. The students and other attendees were literally on the edge of their seats as they listened to your lawyerly and thorough discussion. Your excellent lecture, coupled with your slides made the presentation on Bakalar v. Vavra and Egon Schiele’s Dead City: Stolen art from Europe (1933-1945) in American museums and how it got there one of the most memorable classes of the semester. In fact, we discussed your presentation at the following week’s class and it was difficult to turn the discussion back to the topic scheduled for that week!

The thoroughness with which you presented the diabolically methodical process that the Third Reich used to despoil Jews of their property kept the class riveted during your lecture. The horror of the Nazi art looting came to life for the audience as you presented the evidentiary issues and the legal problems associated with restitution litigation for holocaust victims and families.

Since your presentation, many of the attendees have contacted me and commented on how astonished they were after your lecture. It is chilling to realize how methodical and relentless the Third Reich was in their pillaging operations. The cold, non-violent theft of Jewish property, including land, art and household objects, and even life insurance policies , by the Nazis is harrowing to say the least. Many of the attendees have told me that they appreciated understanding the issues of the Nazi thefts from your very carefully articulated legal perspective.

Your program was a real success; superseded only by your generosity of time and energy. We thank you for the printed copies of your slides, and your great kindness in talking with students and answering questions. We want you to know how very much your work was appreciated by me, my class, and the Boston College Law community. Thank you so much, Ray. May your good work continue and prosper.


Filippa Marullo Anzalone
Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Library & Technology Services

Watch and Listen! Powerpoint and Audio of Schiele’s Dead City: Nazi Art Looting at Sotheby’s Institute/New York State Bar Association

Egon Schiele’s Dead City – Stolen from Fritz Grunbaum

You can WATCH and LISTEN to my Powerpoint presentation with audio is now available here from the presentation I gave at Sotheby’s Institute on March 24, 2010 in a program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, chaired by Prof. Judith Prowda.

More material on artworks stolen from Fritz Grunbaum while he was in the Dachau Concentration Camp can be found at

Egon Schiele’s Girl With Black HairExperts Agree Stolen From Fritz Grunbaum
Falsified Provenance Published by Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum
Watch and listen to my Sotheby’s Institute presentation and learn about why Oberlin College’s provenance of Girl With Black Hair, found here, is false.
A summary of the evidence that Oberlin College has concealed below:
Below:  the cover of the 1956 Gutekunst & Klipstein (aka Galerie Kornfeld) – Eberhard Kornfeld testified that all of the artworks in this catalog belonged to Fritz Grunbaum. Dead City was the only artwork pictured that listed Fritz Grunbaum as the prior owner.
Oberlin has never put Fritz Grunbaum’s ownership of Girl With Black Hair in the provenance even though evidence of experts concluding that Fritz Grunbaum owned Girl With Black Hair was reported by Steven Litt of The Plain Dealer
Prewar catalogs show that Fritz Grunbaum owned Girl With Black HairOberlin refuses to list these catalogs in its provenance of Girl With Black Hair
G. Girl With Black Hair, according to Eberhard Kornfeld, spent 147 days in Switzerland before being sold to Otto Kallir on September 18, 1956.
Otto Kallir was Fritz Grunbaum’s art dealer in Vienna.  Kallir had catalogued Dead City as being in Fritz Grunbaum’s collection in 1930 when he wrote a catalogue raisonne of Schiele’s oils.   As Otto Kallir’s grand-daughter, Jane Kallir, testified at trial:  Fritz Grunbaum owned Girl With Black Hair.

So why does Oberlin‘s President Marvin Krislov refuse to admit Fritz Grunbaum’s ownership?

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Lecture at Cincinnati Museum Center Insight Lecture Series by Raymond Dowd

Cincinnati Museum Center Insights Lecture Series

Raymond J. Dowd
Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP
New York, New York

Mr. Dowd will speak about the battles to recover art stolen from Jewish Holocaust
victims, the undisclosed role of the Swiss in laundering looted art for the Nazis,
and the implications for U.S. museums holding artworks of European origin.

Thursday, February 11, 2010
6 p.m.

Insights Lecture
Murder, Mystery and The Dead City

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Listen to the Speech by Raymond Downd at Yad Vashem

The International Institute for Holocaust Research-Yad Vashem

cordially invites you to attend the lecture

Egon Schiele’s Dead City

Current Issues In Nazi Art Looting and Recovery

Raymond Dowd, Esq.

Partner – Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP New York

Wednesday, 24 February 2010


Lecture Hall, Room 223, Administration and Research Building

Yad Vashem, Mount of Remembrance

In 1998, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau seized Egon Schiele’s Dead City and Portrait of Wally at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, creating a scandal that changed the legal landscape of Europe and the United States for victims of Nazi persecution and their survivors.  Ray Dowd represents the heirs of Fritz Grunbaum, a Jewish cabaret performer murdered in the Dachau Concentration Camp.  Fritz’s wife Lily died in the Minsk Death Camp.  Grunbaum’s art collection surfaced in Switzerland in 1956 under disputed circumstances, and in the first Holocaust-era art recovery trial in U.S. history, Bakalar v. Vavra, the District Court found that passing the artwork through Switzerland gave it clean title.  The case is on appeal. Many of Fritz’s artworks are in the Leopold Museum and the Albertina Museum in Austria. In over ten years, Austria has not even bothered to respond to the heirs’ claim.

Listen to the speech

Lecture at Yad Vashem by Raymond Dowd, 24.2.10

You can view the Powerpoint presentation that illustrates the audio here