STOLEN ART, THE NAZI LOOTING

Sunday, February 10th, 1:00pm

Lecturer: Charles A. Goldstein

Nazi Germany committed a crime against humanity in its perpetration of genocide against the Jews. The crime also includes the theft of a huge cultural heritage, including fine art owned by the Jewish community. This theft was a significant part of what turned out to be the greatest looting of cultural treasure in the history of mankind.

The Commission for Art Recovery, founded and chaired by Ronald S. Lauder, seeks to persuade governments and museums to return looted artworks now in their possession rightfully belonging to Holocaust victims and their heirs. Through moral suasion, the Commission attempts to bring a measure of justice into the lives and families whose art was stolen. For the benefit of the aging claimants, they encourage and help museums and other cultural institutions to research, identify and publicize works in their possession that may have been stolen by the Third Reich.

Charles A. Goldstein Esq., Counsel to the Commission for Art Recovery, will speak on this compelling topic and discuss the Commission’s attempt to recover paintings looted from two of the most significant pre-World War II art collections of Europe, the Herzog and Hatvany collections in Hungary. Within these collections were to be found hundreds of works of many of Europe’s master painters and sculptors.

Mr. Goldstein, Counsel to Herrick Feinstein (NY) and a member of the firm’s Art Law Group, is engaged in international practice. Since 2001, Mr. Goldstein also has been Counsel to the Commission for Art Recovery (“CAR”), Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, Chairman. Mr. Goldstein is responsible for all governmental affairs and litigation arising out of CAR’s activities in Europe and the United States. This includes claims and restitution efforts in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia , Slovakia and the United States.

Mr. Goldstein received an B.A. degree in 1958 from Columbia College and J.D., cum laude, in 1961 from Harvard Law School.

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