JGSLA - Sept 29 - "Recovering the Klimt Paintings" #general

Pamela Weisberger

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles invites you to our next program:

"Recovering The Gustav Klimt Paintings" & a self-guided tour of the new Los Angeles
Museum of the Holocaust speaker: E. Randol Schoenberg, museum president

Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Pan Pacific Park - 100 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036

Come early to take a self-guided tour of the oldest Holocaust museum in the United
States. The 3:30 PM lecture, by JGSLA member and acting Museum president Randy
Schoenberg, will cover his work as the lawyer who represented Maria Altmann in her
family's battle to recover paintings stolen by the Nazis during WWII.

Before they were confiscated in war, Mrs. Altmann's family owned six famous
paintings by Austrian master Gustav Klimt. Represented by Mr. Schoenberg, she sued
the Austrian government for their return. The case went all the way to the
United States Supreme Court, which was persuaded that the lawsuit could
go forward. Maria Altmann was the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the model for Klimt's
famous gold painting, "The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer." This painting is second
in notoriety only to Klimt's The Kiss. Some historians believe the model in The
Kiss is also Adele Bloch-Bauer. Mrs. Altmann escaped Nazi-occupied Austria as a
newlywed shortly after her husband was released >from Dachau. At the age of 82
and still working >from her home as a seamstress, she sought help >from Mr.
Schoenberg for the return of the family Klimt paintings.

In 2006, an Austrian arbitration panel decided the paintings should be
returned. The recovery of the Klimt paintings, valued at $325 million,
is considered the largest single return of Nazi-stolen art in Austria.
Mr. Schoenberg used his fees to fund the relocation and expansion of
the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, which is the oldest Holocaust
museum in the United States and was founded in 1961 by survivors who
met in an English class at Hollywood High School. The museum is free
so that all can attend. Its mission is to commemorate and educate
about the Holocaust.

Randy Schoenberg is a board member of JewishGen and the co-founder of
JewishGen's Austria-Czech Special Interest Group. Professionally, he
is an attorney and serves on the boards of various philanthropic,
artistic and educational organizations. He volunteers as a curator on
Geni, managing over 100,000 profiles and town pages. He is also the
grandson of the Austrian composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl

Due to limited seating, no one will be admitted to the lecture without
a reservation. Please e-mail program chair Pamela Weisberger at:
pweisberger@... for more information. Limited spaces available.
Free for JGSLA members, $5 for guests.

More information on our website: http://www.jgsla.org

Check out the riches of the museum (including their unique Shoah
Foundation testimonies exhibit) here: http://www.lamoth.org/

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles
Santa Monica, CA

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