Shalom Life | August 28, 2015

Nazi Looted Klimt Work to be Returned to Heir

Montreal resident only surviving heir to rightful owner of $44 million painting.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: April 22nd, 2011 in Culture » Art » News

Nazi Looted Klimt Work to be Returned to Heir

The Museum of Modern Arts in Salzburg, Austria, has decide to return a Klimt painting in their possession to the rightful owner, after it had been seized by Nazis during World War II.

Gustav Klimt’s, Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee), was painted in 1915 and valued at approximately €30 million ($44 million). The landscape painting is currently in the Salzburg museum’s permanent collection.

"As painful as returning this painting is for the...collection, the province and all of Austria, I believe the Salzburg government must stay on the path started in 2002 and not allow itself to benefit from a criminal regime," stated Wilfried Haslauer, Salzburg deputy governor.

In 2002, an accord was struck with Jewish organizations ensuring that all Nazi commandeered assets would be returned to rightful owners.

Art experts commissioned by the museum, traced the origins of the painting, and confirmed that Amalie Redlich, a Jewish collector residing near Vienna, owned it. The Gestapo confiscated the work, and tragically, Redlich was deported to Poland where she later died in a concentration camp. Redlich’s grandson, and only surviving heir is 83 year-old Georges Jorisch, who resides in Montreal.

"The conditions for a return of the painting to Amalie Redlich's rightful heirs have been fulfilled," Haslauer said. "Therefore I will recommend that the Salzburg government return the artwork to Georges Jorisch."

Government officials are expected to approve the restitution no later than July.

This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram TrendingShalom Life is Saying Goodbye Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye TrendingShaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... Trending
 

This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram

August 27, 2015 | By Sy Berg
This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram

2HipJews are putting the 'modern' back into modern Orthodox

Read More

Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye

August 27, 2015 | By Shalom Life Staff
Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye

After nearly 7 years, we are sadly ending Shalom Life's run.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

August 26, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

Tony Kushner's family drama challenges it's audiences on so many levels, it leaves you breathless and beaten. It is awesome; astounding, humbling, overwhelming and remarkable.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review- The Divine: A Play for Sarah Berhnardt

August 23, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review- The Divine: A Play for Sarah Berhnardt

This powerful play based on a true story is an absolute must-see this summer.

Read More

Top 10 Most Influential LGBT Jews

August 14, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Top 10 Most Influential LGBT Jews

These 10 LGBT celebrities are an inspiration to us all.

Read More

Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

August 14, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

Dave Driskell apologized Monday evening for his actions

Read More

There’s a Jewish Rapper with a #1 Hit Record, and His Name’s Not Drake

August 14, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
There’s a Jewish Rapper with a #1 Hit Record, and His Name’s Not Drake

Lil Dicky's 'Professional Rapper' sells 22,000 copies in its first week

Read More

Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records

August 14, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records

Reports indicate that some 78,000 travelers passed through the Israeli airport in a single day

Read More

More Headlines