Gallery to return paintings to Holocaust heirs

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2 March 2005, WUPPERTAL - A municipal art gallery in the western German city of Wuppertal is to return three paintings to the heirs of former German owners who died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. A municipal spokeswoman said on Wednesday the city now accepted the heirs had the right to the pictures hanging in the Von der Heydt Museum. The art had been confiscated by the Nazis between 1937 and 1939 and sold at auction. The decision was preceded by a 15-month dispute among lawyers and political

2 March 2005

WUPPERTAL - A municipal art gallery in the western German city of Wuppertal is to return three paintings to the heirs of former German owners who died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944.

A municipal spokeswoman said on Wednesday the city now accepted the heirs had the right to the pictures hanging in the Von der Heydt Museum. The art had been confiscated by the Nazis between 1937 and 1939 and sold at auction.

The decision was preceded by a 15-month dispute among lawyers and political figures over the paintings by Otto Scholderer (1834-1902), Adolph Menzel (1815-1905) and Hans von Marees (1837-1887). The city originally maintained that purchase gave it valid title to the art.

The earlier Jewish owners fled Nazi Germany to Amsterdam, but were arrested after the Nazis invaded the Netherlands. Writer Anne Frank was among many Jews from the Netherlands who died of starvation and disease in Bergen-Belsen, which is in northern Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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