German Man to Return Nazi-Looted Art

From the New York Times

26 March 2014


German Man to Return Nazi-Looted Art

By Melissa Eddymarch

BERLIN — Cornelius Gurlitt, the octogenarian hoarder of art plundered by the Nazis, will return paintings in the trove his family kept secret for decades to their original Jewish owners or those owners’ descendants, starting with a well-known Matisse,  his lawyers said on Wednesday.
Mr. Gurlitt’s lawyers are in talks to return “Seated Woman/Woman Sitting in Armchair” to the descendants of Paul Rosenberg, a French art dealer whose family recognized the work when it was made public last year.

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The Nazi War On Art


Of the many despicable acts performed by the evil and perverse Nazi Party, their attack on anything they believed to be “degenerate art” was among the worst. Any work on art by a Jewish artist was automatically deemed degenerate. This is a very interesting article about this appalling  anti-intellectual, anti-Semitic, anti-modern age policy.


From the New York Times


First, They Came for the Art

‘Degenerate Art,’ at Neue Galerie, Recalls Nazi Censorship




“Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937,” at the Neue Galerie, opens with a quietly devastating compare-and-contrast. The walls of the narrow hallway leading onto the first gallery are covered with facing photomurals.


The image in one dates from 1938. It shows the exterior of the Haus der Kunst (House of the Arts) in Berlin where the traveling antimodernist exhibition called “Entartete Kunst” — “Degenerate Art” — has opened. The line of visitors waiting to get in stretches down the street.


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Once Wealthy Neighborhood Reduced to Rubble



3 July 1945. Scene of destruction in a Berlin street just off the Unter den Linden. Photo taken by Sergeant A. Wilkes of #5 Army Film and Photographic Unit. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

Prior to the war, the Unter Den Linden was sort of the Park Avenue of Berlin. Judging from the buildings, this is probably a residential street once inhabited by the wealthy.