Apr 2008 Journal

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Stealing Klimt premiere
The AJR was proud to sponsor the premiere cinema screening of Stealing Klimt at the Odeon Swiss Cottage at the end of February.

The film, which depicts the story of Maria Altmann’s battle to recover her family’s artworks, which were stolen by the Nazis following the occupation of Austria, had appeared on the BBC’s Imagine series last year.

Organised by the Jewish Film Festival, the screening of the film was followed by a panel discussion featuring the AJR Journal’s Consultant Editor Dr Anthony Grenville, the film’s writer and executive producer Martin Smith, historian Professor David Cesarani, and Minister of the Austrian Embassy Ms Elisabeth Koegler, who participated in a personal capacity.

Seeking heirs of 115 former residents of Nuremberg and Franconia
We have received the following notice from the Commission for Looted Art in Europe:

The Nuremberg Municipal Library has in its collection approximately 10,000 confiscated books illegally taken from Jews and other victims of Nazi persecution. The Library has been carrying out provenance research and has so far identified 115 Jewish former owners whom it wishes to trace. The 115 former owners were residents of Nuremberg and Franconia and the Library has compiled a list including their names, addresses and occupations.

The London-based Commission for Looted Art in Europe and its sister organisation, the Central Registry of Information on Looted Cultural Property 1933-1945, have published an online list of former owners on their website: http://www.lootedart.com/MVL106734651

The Commission will provide free assistance and guidance to any heirs and descendants to enable restitution. All details are on the webpage above. They can be contacted at: Jennifer Anderson, Commission for Looted Art in Europe, 76 Gloucester Place, London W1U 6HJ tel +44 (0)20 7487 3401, fax +44 (0)20 7487 4211, email info@lootedartcommission.com

Enquiries seeking advice and clarification on Holocaust restitution and compensation matters should continue to be sent to Michael Newman at Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL, by fax to 020 8385 3075, or by email to mnewman@ajr.org.uk

Michael Newman

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