Holocaust

US court dismisses Nazi-era Guelph Treasure restitution claim

The heirs of Jewish dealers, who allegedly sold the medieval collection to the Prussian government under duress due to Nazi persecution, may appeal the ruling

Russian missile strike hits Holocaust memorial site in Kyiv

The site of Babyn Yar, Europe's largest mass grave for victims of the Holocaust, was struck by Russian missiles in an attack on a nearby television broadcasting tower

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Behold the man: forgotten film by artist who lived through Auschwitz will go on show in Tel Aviv

Pioneering film is part of the first major retrospective of Maryan, the Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor now newly celebrated in death

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Jewish icons or anti-Semitic memorabilia? The growing market for Nazi-era artefacts—and the Israeli collectors buying them

On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we spoke with Eyal Ilya, owner of Pentagon Auction House in Israel, about the trend for Second World War artefacts

Six decades after Adolf Eichmann trial, an artist’s graphic response is timely as ever

Argentinian-American artist Mauricio Lasansky’s ‘The Nazi Drawings’, created in response to testimony from the internationally broadcast trial, are on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

MOCA North Miami hosts huge retrospective for Auschwitz survivor forgotten by art history

Show includes never before seen works by the prolific painter Maryan whose career went far beyond the Nazi atrocities he witnessed

Berlin museum acquires vast collection of antisemitic objects amassed by German man who helped Jewish people hide from Nazis

Wolfgang Haney, who died in 2017, assembled 15,000 postcards, leaflets, photographs and more bearing witness to the persecution of Jewish people

Museums unite to fight near record levels of antisemitism

A recent symposium in New York looked at how institutions can come up with new and innovative strategies for countering misinformation

Germany proposes law change to ease Nazi-loot returns from private foundations

Law change follows refusal by some foundations to restitute property lost due to Nazi persecution

US Supreme Court sides with Germany in Guelph Treasure case

In a unanimous opinion, it found the country cannot be sued for taking property from its own citizens, making it harder for the heirs of some Holocaust victims to recover art through the US justice system

Babyn Yar: site where 100,000 victims were shot by Nazis to get one of world’s largest Holocaust memorial centres

“We do not want to create a big building that sits heavily” on this sensitive ground, says Robert Jan Van Pelt, one of the minds behind the project in Ukraine

Germany's Holocaust memorial sites fight against surge in far-right threats

Former concentration camps are being increasingly drawn into culture wars by “normal-looking” people challenging guides and disrupting tours

US Supreme Court agrees to hear Berlin museums' appeal in lawsuit over restitution of medieval treasures to Jewish heirs

Panel will consider museums' argument that a trial over rightful ownership of the Guelph Treasure cannot be heard in American courts

US government recommends that the Supreme Court hear German museums’ appeal on Guelph Treasure claim

The solicitor general’s recent filing suggests the Nazis’ looting of Jewish collections in Germany was a domestic rather than international crime

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The US Supreme Court’s silence on Nazi art theft fails Holocaust survivors

Last week’s decision to reject an appeal over the ownership of Picasso’s The Actor was a missed opportunity to clarify the limitations of the 2016 HEAR Act

Art activists anger Holocaust survivors with Berlin monument containing ashes

Centre for Political Beauty says action targets conservatives open to allying with far right

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Holocaust-era art restitution: more complex than you think

A rush to judgement has resulted in notable errors, with some "Nazi-looted" art having been purchased legally

A monument to the Holocaust in textile: Anni Albers’s Six Prayers

On this week’s podcast, we hear about the solemn memorial at the heart of Tate Modern’s survey of the Bauhaus artist

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Legal battle over Met's famous Picasso reignited by estate

The museum stands by its ownership of The Actor, which it says was never in the hands of Nazis

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Claim on Guelph Treasure can go to trial in US federal court

Lawyers for the Prussian Cultural Foundation argued that it was not “genocide” when the objects were sold in 1935

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New York judge orders two Schiele works sent to Christie’s, where they could be auctioned

But the watercolours are currently at the centre of a closely watched restitution lawsuit

London dealer ordered to return Egon Schiele works worth $5m to heirs of Holocaust victims

Heirs's attorney describes ruling as step closer to recovering "largest mass-theft in history," but Richard Nagy plans to appeal

Interview with Jane and Louise Wilson: Stanley Kubrick’s photographs brought to life

The sisters had access to the late film-maker’s huge archive and focused on a film about the Holocaust which never got made

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Two new Holocaust memorials for Berlin

Parliament approves final budgets for monuments to homosexuals and Roma and Sinti people murdered by the Nazis

Interview with Anselm Kiefer: “Expectations are always unfulfilled”

Anselm Kiefer on leaving his studio of 15 years, the commercialisation of art and why the Holocaust still matters

1933-1948—the dangerous years: how Sotheby's check art for tainted provenance

A Sotheby’s lawyer describes the work of its provenance research team

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Books: Restitution justice, American style

Two books reveal the complexities involved in restitution

German museums commit themselves to provenance research concerning supposed Nazi loot

The younger generation has asked tough questions and come up with some answers

"The AAM guide to provenance research" by Nancy Yeide, Konstantin Akinsha and Amy Walsh

A guide on how to best investigate provenance with specific emphasis on the specialist problems of the Holocaust-era, solvable using provenance research