Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event
Two artworks hanging in Germany’s parliament building in Berlin may have been confiscated or acquired at artificially depressed prices by the Nazis from the original owners, German newspapers reported.
The Die Welt newspaper suggested that one of the works coincidentally stems from a gallery owned by an uncle of Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazi-era dealer whose huge collection was discovered in the Munich apartment of his elderly son, Cornelius Gurlitt, in 2012 and revealed to the world two months ago.
The Bundestag has responded in a statement that it is looking into the matter. Meanwhile, Die Welt said the Bundestag’s eight-member art advisory council – which includes the German president – already had determined that neither work was so-called “Raubkunst,” art plundered from occupied countries.
The two works in question reportedly are a large-format 1905 oil painting by Georg Waltenberger titled “Chancellor Bülow speaks in the Reichstag,” and a 1918 Lovis Corinth lithograph, “A street in Königsberg.” While the former is hanging in a hallway, the latter is kept out of natural light.
Die Welt reported that the lithograph was printed by the Berlin gallery of Fritz Gurlitt, an uncle of collector Hildebrand Gurlitt.
Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the Bild newspaper that the Bundestag should make its collection public and assist investigators in reconnecting possible heirs with long-lost property. Over the years, the Bundestag has returned several works to heirs.
Of the 4,000 works in the German parliament’s collection, about 700 are said to date from before the end of World War II.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Has Netanyahu ever heard of Lincoln’s phrase, “You cannot fool all of the people all of the time?”
Hamas recently indicated to international press that it would continue building up its underground network while restocking arsenal, rockets and other weaponry
The case of missing U.S. yeshiva student Aaron Sofer, studying in Israel, remains unsolved after six days.
“We are strong chassidic women and we take the name, we embrace it, and we own it.”
After a month, should the quiet hold, Israel and Hamas will restart indirect negotiations in Cairo on easing Israel’s blockade of the coastal strip and disarming the enclave.
Israel’s political landscape awoke Wednesday to the latest ceasefire with a sharp round of criticism for Prime Minister Netanyahu, and jostling for position amongst senior politicians who have begun to smell the aroma of early elections, possibly in the first half of 2015.
Palestinian terrorists threw stones at Jewish-owned cars in the Wadi Joz section of Jerusalem Wednesday. Three children were injured and treated on the spot. A 22-year-old man was arrested, and police told Israel Radio the man has confessed to other incidents as well. In Shuafat, in northern Jerusalem, Palestinians threw rocks at the Jerusalem light […]
Nearly 90 percent of Gaza residents support attacks on Israel, say rockets help ‘deterrence’
Chaim Yellin: We don’t want government support. We need quiet in the morning.
Mortar fire crossed the border into northern Israel from Syria near Quneitra. Two cars were damaged. Accidental shelling?
NYC lawmaker Laurie Cumbo presses Miami-Dade officials to find Rabbi Joseph Raksin’s murderer.
Former US Middle East envoy Martin Indyk warns Israel’s self-defense in Gaza has increased tensions with Washington – again.
A baby was hurt when Palestinian terrorists stoned the car she was driving in near the Samaria community of Yitzhar this morning. According to reports on the Hebrew-language 0404 website, the driver of the vehicle escaped the scene of the attack and reached a nearby IDF base safely. There, the baby was treated for her […]
Nearly 200 Hollywood elite, including Sylvester Stallone and Seth Rogen, signed a statement condemning Hamas as its conflict with Israel continues.
If you are worried about your child marrying a non-Jew, and you should be, then move to Israel.
If “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Diaspora Jews are in big trouble.
Al Qaeda wants the US to free terrorists in return for freeing Warren Weinstein.
At least six Haredi protesters were arrested and a police officer was wounded in demonstrations in at least three Israeli cities Sunday following the arrest of a yeshiva student for ignoring a draft notice. Hundreds of protesters blocked busy intersections in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Modiin Illit and Beit Shemesh. The yeshiva student has been arrested […]
Police in Melbourne arrested seven pro-Palestinian protesters who stormed the roof of an Israel-based company.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/artwork-in-german-parliament-may-have-been-nazi-looted/2013/12/31/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: