WJRO STATEMENT ON ARTWORK RETURNED TO HEIR LOOTED IN CROATIA DURING THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS AFTERMATH
National Museum of Modern Art in Croatia returns artwork to heir of the Reischsmanns killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust
(New York, NY) September 21, 2023: The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) welcomes the return of two significant artworks, André Derain’s “Still Life with a Bottle” and Maurice de Vlaminck’s “Landscape by the Water,” to Andrew Reichsmann, culminating a decades-long restitution process. The artworks were turned over in Zagreb on September 18, 2023 by the National Museum of Modern Art, in compliance with the Civil Court’s decision.
Gideon Taylor, President, WJRO issued the following statement:
“We welcome the return of these two paintings. This is a positive step in dealing with outstanding Holocaust era restitution issues in Croatia.”
In 1946, the artworks were entrusted to the Museum by the Ministry of Science and Culture on behalf of the State after they were retrieved from Marijan Polić. Polić had safeguarded them for the Reichsmann family, who had lost their possessions during the NDH (Nazi-allied Independent State of Croatia) regime’s confiscation. Mr. Reichsmann and his wife were killed in Auschwitz.
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