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First Jewish Members Appointed to Germany’s Nazi Looted Art Panel

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Gary Smith, former director of the American Academy in Berlin, and Raphael Gross, director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig, have been appointed by German Culture Minister Monika Grütters as the first Jewish members of the Limbach Commission, established in 2003 to mediate in Nazi-looted art ownership disputes, The Art Newspaper reported.

The commission surprised the art world in 2014 when it concluded that the sale of the $250 million Guelph Treasure, a 40-piece trove of Medieval goldsmith works, which had been forced out of several German-Jewish art dealers from Frankfurt by Prime Minister Hermann Göring, “was not a compulsory sale due to persecution.”

And last March, Grütters faced shocked protests after telling the New York Times that if a Jew is appointed to the commission his “would be the only voice who would be prejudiced.” Needless to say, it didn’t play so good in New York City.

Minister Grütters is also introducing an increase in transparency to the workings of the commission, including a promise to publish its schedule and the reasons for its decisions. She also instituted a ten-year limit on members’ terms in office, and she plans to authorize the generation of provenance reports when necessary, paid for by the government. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the reforms last week.

“I expect all German museums without exception to be willing to subject disputes to the Advisory Commission as a matter of course,” Grütters said. Unlike its Dutch and Austrian equivalents, the German Nazi Loot commission can only be called if both sides of a dispute agree.

David Israel

German Court: El Al Must Pay Passengers for Delayed Flights

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

A German court has ruled that El Al Airlines must pay passengers when its flights are delayed by three hours or more, according to the Globes business news website.

The decision was handed down in response to a lawsuit filed by the Belgium/Dutch website, “Claim It” in which an El Al flight departed from Frankfurt on March 3, 2016 more than three hours after its scheduled departure time, heading for Tel Aviv. The website takes a 25 percent fee for its services on behalf of the passenger.

“Claim It” wrote to the airline on behalf of an Israeli passenger, but El Al responded that the traveler was not entitled to compensation due to his citizenship status. The website then sued the airline in the Frankfurt court, which ruled in favor of the passenger.

CEO Ralph Pais said that in the past, the airline has responded to the website’s claims on behalf of European passengers, “but the carrier consistently rejects claims for compensation for Israeli passengers. Yet the rationale is that Israeli passengers suffer exactly the same as European passengers when flights are delayed and are therefore entitled to the same compensation.

“To our delight the court ruled that European law relates to all passengers regardless of their origin or nationality. Our calculation is that if El Al passengers will sue the company for delays on flights taking off from Europe over the past two years, it will be forced to pay NIS 300 million.”

El Al has maintained in the pasts the Israelis are not entitled to compensation unless the flight was delayed by eight hours or more, under the Israeli “Tibi Law.” The three-hour restriction is a European Union law, and the airline has insisted that Israeli citizens are not entitled to compensation under the regulation because they are not EU citizens.

According to the Frankfurt ruling, El Al must compensate passengers based on flight distance: 250 euros for flights up to 1,500 kilometers; 400 euros for flights of 1,500 to 3,500 kilometers, and 600 euros for flights longer than 3,500 kilometers.

Hana Levi Julian

Anne Frank Sapling Cut Down, Stolen in Germany

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A sapling that came from the tree that stood outside the hiding place of Anne Frank in Amsterdam was cut down and stolen in Frankfurt, German police  said.

Unidentified parties cut down the 8-foot tree outside the Anne Frank School sometime between last week and Monday, according to a report Tuesday by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS. Police have no information or leads on the identity of the thieves or their motives, the report said.

The cutting was planted in 2008 outside the school named for the Jewish teenage diarist who was born in Frankfurt in 1929. Anne was killed in 1945 during the Holocaust after her family was caught hiding in the Nazi-occupied Dutch capital, where they had moved to escape persecution in Germany.

“It was, obviously, more than just a tree for us,” a spokesperson for Frankfurt’s Anne Frank School told NOS. “We grew it with the help of a landscape architect and with the loving care of several classes.”

The tree is not easily replaceable, as the original chestnut tree that stood outside Anne’s hiding place, and which is featured in her diary, was cut down in 2010 following a storm.


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