Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Maria Altmann Dies- Won Fight To Return Klimt Portrait Seized by the Nazis

Posted by Jan Meisels Allen

At the 2008 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (Chicago) there was a session with Randoll Schoenberg on "Recovering Nazi Looted Art- A Genealogist's Tale". Randoll is a Los Angeles based attorney --and Jewish genealogist - he is the co-founder of the Austria-Czech SIG, and was the attorney who successfully won in the US Supreme Court to be able to sue, and in the Austrian Courts the return of the Klimt portrait for his client Maria Altmann. The return of the valuable portrait that was taken by the Nazis was a remarkable event.

The following is the obituary of Maria Altmann who died at age 94 and the article retells the story of the return of the portrait.
http://tinyurl.com/4q9yf2f

original url:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-me-maria-altmann-20110208,0,4119645.story?track=rss

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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