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 http://echo360.bc.edu:8080/ess/echo/presentation/20714145-29f6-4eb8-b72e-aadd6e794ad1.
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:
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Your program was a real success; superseded only by your generosity of time and energy.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
Egon Schiele’s Dead City: Current Issues In Nazi Art Looting and Recovery
March 24, 2010
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art
570 Lexington Ave., NYC
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
Murder, Mystery and The Dead City
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
Vienna, 9/10 November 2009
New Perspectives on Occupation
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
14.00 Panel III: Looting and Exploitation in Nazi-occupied Europe by Jonathan Petropoulos
Lecture by Raymond Dowd: „Murder, Mystery and Egon Schieles Dead City“ at the Jewish Museum Berlin 2009-05-18