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Aug 2006 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

World record for a painting

The 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, the subject of a legal battle for more than five years, was sold to the Neue Galerie in Manhattan last month for a world record of $135 million (approximately £73m). This eclipses the previous highest amount for a painting - the $104.1m paid for Picasso's 1905 Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice) - and was bought for the New York museum by its owner, the cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder.

In January, Maria Altmann, a niece of Mrs Bloch-Bauer, argued that the portrait was seized along with four other Klimt paintings by the Nazis during the Second World War. The Austrian government then arranged for the paintings to be shipped to her in California.

Tunisian compensation

In a groundbreaking accord reached in June, the German government has agreed to pay compensation to former inmates of Nazi prison camps in Tunisia.

Holocaust survivors interned in camps such as Gabes, Marcia-Plage and Tniet-Agarev in Tunisia - under the protectorate of the French collaborationist regime - will now be eligible for payments of €270 (approximately £185 per month) paid from the Article 2 Fund. Applicants must also meet other Article 2 Fund eligibility criteria.

Insurance Commission

Applicants to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) are reminded that they can obtain information about the status of their claims by ringing the freephone number 00800 2525 3535. Please note that when calling you will be asked to quote your claim reference number.

Written enquiries should be sent to 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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