Category: Video- and Audio lectures about the Case

From Murder to Museums (Webcast Event)

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February 22, 2022 at midnight MET

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By a 5 judge Senate of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, on Dec. 13, 2018, the June 11, 2018 first instance decision by the SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NEW YORK District of New York was affirmed by Judge Charles E. Ramos.

The decision by Judge Charles E. Ramos granted the surrender action for wrongful

-​Deprivation of Possession and


brought by the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum against the art dealer Richard Nagy, London on Nov. 16, 2015.

The factual issue is thus closed and the ownership rights of the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum over the artworks of Egon Schiele, namely.

1)​JK 1101 Model hiding her face (Woman hiding her face) and

2) ​JK 888 Woman with black pinafore (Woman in black Pinafore)

was thus confirmed.

In another decision dated November 30, 2021, the SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS, FIRST DEPARTMENT awarded the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum approximately $678,000 in damages in interest for the seized property.

By petition dated Feb. 4, 2022, art dealer Richard Nagy requested permission from the Court of Appeals of the State of New York to appeal to it for review of previous decisions unfavorable to him.

A decision on this request is pending.

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The event will feature The Hon. Timothy Reif (U.S. Court of International Trade) as he recounts the exceptional talent, courage and kindness of his “great-uncle” Fritz Grünbaum — among the most notable cabaret artists, film stars and entertainers of the 1920s and 1930s — his murder in the Dachau Concentration Camp and the theft of Grünbaum’s art collection, including 81 works by the artist Egon Schiele.

Samuel Blaustein will describe his dramatic role in persuading a judge to let us seize of two stolen Egon Schiele paintings spotted at the Park Avenue Armory’s Salon+Art Show, November 2015 and how we secured the artworks at JFK airport where they were bound for London.

Attorney Raymond Dowd will speak about current case law, the impact of the 2016 HEAR Act on New York’s statute of limitations, obstacles facing legal practitioners in pursuing restitution claims, and the outlook for the future of restitution claims.

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22. Februar 2022 um 24.00 Uhr MET

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Von einem 5 Richter Senat des Court of Appeal des Staates von New York wurde am 13.12.2018 die erstinstanzliche Entscheidung vom 11. Juni 2018 vom SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NEW YORK Bezirk New York durch Richter Charles E. Ramos bestätigte.

Die Entscheidung von Richter Charles E. Ramos gab der Herausgabeklage wegen widerrechtliche

-​Besitzentziehung und


statt, eingebracht von den Erben von Fritz Grünbaum gegen den Kunsthändler Richard Nagy, London am 16.11.2015.

Die Sachfrage ist somit abgeschlossen und die Eigentumsrechte der Erben von Fritz Grünbaum über die Kunstwerke von Egon Schiele, nämlich

1)​JK 1101 Model das Gesicht verbergend (Woman hidingher face) und

2)​JK 888 Frau mit schwarzer Schürze (Woman in blackPinafore)

wurde somit bestätigt.

In einer weiteren Entscheidung vom 30.11.2021 sprach derSUPREME COURT BERUFUNGSINSTANZ, ERSTE ABTEILUNG den Erben von Fritz Grünbaum ca. 678 000 $ an Schadenersatz an Zinsen für das entzogene Vermögen zu .

Mit Eingabe vom 4.2.2022 ersuchte der Kunsthändler Richard Nagy den Court of Appeal des Staates von New York um die Erlaubnis diesen zwecks Überprüfung der bisherigen für ihn ungünstigen Entscheidungen anrufen zu dürfen.

Eine Entscheidung über dieses Ersuchen ist ausständig.

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Bei der Veranstaltung wird Richter Timothy Reif (U.S. Court des internationalen Handels) über das außergewöhnliche Talent, den Mut und die Freundlichkeit seines “Großonkels” Fritz Grünbaum – einer der bekanntesten Kabarettisten, Filmstars und Entertainer der 1920er und 1930er Jahre -, seine Ermordung im Konzentrationslager Dachau und den Diebstahl von Grünbaums Kunstsammlung, darunter 81 Werke des Künstlers Egon Schiele, berichten.

Rechtsanwalt Samuel Blaustein wird seine dramatische Rolle bei der Überzeugung eines Richters beschreiben, der die Beschlagnahmung der zwei geraubten Egon-Schiele-Gemälde erlaubte, die im November 2015 bei der Salon+Art Show in der Park Avenue Armory entdeckt wurden, und wie die Kunstwerke am JFK-Flughafen sicher gestellt wurden, wo sie für London bestimmt waren.

Rechtsanwalt Raymond Dowd  wird über die aktuelle Rechtsprechung, die Auswirkungen des HEAR-Acts von 2016 auf die Verjährungsfristen in New York, die Hindernisse, mit denen Juristen bei der Verfolgung von Restitutionsansprüchen konfrontiert sind, und die Aussichten für die Zukunft von Restitutionsansprüchen sprechen.

Wir wünschen Ihnen eine Interessanten Veranstaltung, auch wenn diese für uns zu mitternächtlichen Stunde stattfindet


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