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Jewish Heritage

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Book Shorts

Hidden daily lives of Hasidic Jews in Jerusalem are captured in marvellous book of photographs

Photographer was given privileged access to document scenes and to make portraits among the people of this conservative group

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Book Shorts

Catalogue of Colmar Treasure conjures up picture of 14th-century bourgeois Jewish life in France

Hoard of objects loaned by Paris's Musée de Cluny to the Metropolitan Museum of Art tells a complex tale

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Restitution

Ashmolean to return silver salt cellar to Jewish collector’s heirs

The UK Spoliation Advisory Panel concluded that the piece was the subject of a forced sale in the 1930s

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Restitution

Israel steps up hunt for Nazi-looted art

Museums under pressure to research collections for Holocaust victims’ assets

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Moscow

From shtetl to spectacle at the Russian Jewish Museum and Centre of Tolerance

Constructivist-style bus garage transformed into high-tech Jewish museum in Moscow

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Features

Speech by Nir Barkat: Anselm Kiefer on Jerusalem and the Kabbalah

“What has been divided can be brought back together again—not in the form of a reunification, but in a way that we cannot yet define”

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Provenance research

Munich pushes provenance research concerning possible Nazi looting

The project, led by Dr Vanessa-Maria Voigt and Dr Horst Kessler, came about by a chance find in a desk...

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Restitution

Minneapolis hands Léger to collector’s family

The painting was stolen from its Jewish owner during the Nazi occupation of France

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Provenance research

Dresden takes major provenance research project to Russia

Strives to break restitution “logjam”

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Nazi loot

Dresden state museums expand provenance research — all the way to Russia

Strives to break restitution “logjam”

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Restitution

Leopold Museum in Vienna accused over Nazi-looted art

Institution says restitution laws don’t apply as it is a private gallery

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Underwater Archaeology

Conservation project focuses on Jewish heritage sites and underwater archaeology

Israel and India join forces

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Restitution

Auschwitz survivor wants her art back from concentration camp

Roma portraits were made by Jewish prisoner on the orders of Dr Josef Mengele

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Restitution

Holocaust restitution: Lack of funding and cooperation have resulted in failure and injustice

A short history of nazi loot restitution efforts

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Restitution

Austria must return five Nazi-looted Klimt paintings to the heirs of the Jewish collector Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer

“Morally, this is a gain for Austria” not a loss, says Maria Altmann

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Nazi loot

$6.5 million settlement to heir for stolen Picasso

Chicago collector agrees to pay claimant to gain title to the work

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Restitution

A portrait, person by person, item by item, of a society wiped out

This important book gives a full documentation for the Jewish art collectors of Vienna whose goods and lives were targeted by the Nazis

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Restitution

Some progress in restitution of Klimt paintings, but much more needs to be done

Maria Altmann’s ongoing attempt in the US to hold Austria to account for its allegedly unlawful retention of six Klimt paintings that belonged to her family and were then looted by the Nazis has focused international attention on Austria’s often ambivalent attitude towards the matter of what should be done about Nazi-looted art in public collections

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Restitution

Austrian court orders seizure of Nazi-looted Schiele

Heirs will have to sue for the painting, which is currently being held at Dorotheum

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Restitution

Test case for restitution in Hungarian museums as claim on 11 paintings proceeds to appeal

The paintings seized by the Nazis, then the Communist government, may yet remain with the state

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Nazi loot

Who should own Nazi-era assets in Jewish museums?

Museums in the US and Israel contain Judaica from pre-World War II European Jewish communities, redistributed by the Allies who thought this the best solution for material taken from people and institutions that no longer existed

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Provenance research

“The Jewish people should be heirs to heirless art” says Knesset member, as plans are made to return Nazi-loot to rightful owners

Christie’s and Sotheby’s to help with provenance research projects

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Restitution

Much piety and hot air at Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets

No binding agreements were reached and little effect on restitution is expected

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Restitution

Austria makes legal amends by passing a bill ensuring restitution

Works acquired in a “suspicious manner” will begin to be returned at once

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Restitution

Jewish family loses out to Louvre over WWII spoliation case

After an emergency ruling, the Louvre retains five Italian paintings that were salvaged after the war and the aggrieved Gentili family must now await appeal. Meanwhile, the Musée national d’art moderne has approved the return of more works

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Provenance

Probing provenance: The importance of due diligence and insurance for defective title

The recent, widely publicised dispute over the provenance of two paintings by Egon Schiele, withdrawn last year from a loan exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on the grounds of contested ownership, offered a vivid illustration of the problems facing museums and private collectors who may find themselves having to prove good title to their possessions

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Restitution

An interim report comes from "Spoils of War" symposium

A survey touching all the bases: losses, recoveries, legal debates, cultural restitution

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Art market

Phillips moves into Judaica sales in New York

A difficult market now centred on Israel and Amsterdam

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Restitution

Christie’s takes on sale of Jewish loot

900 works of art looted from Vienna’s Jewish community and stored in a monastery since 1955 to be sold on its behalf - It may be a PR nightmare for the auctioneers

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Obituaries

Walter Goetz, cartoonist, collector and friend of The Art Newspaper dies

Contributor to Vogue, Harpers and Punch amongst others