Belgium to Return Nazi-Looted Art to German Jewish Family #germany #holocaust #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



Belgium will be returning “Blumenstilleben” or “Still Life with Flowers”, painted by Lovis Corinth in 1913 to the family of a German Jewish couple from whom it was stolen after they fled Germany during World War ll. The painting  has been kept in the collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, alongside around 30 other works thought to have been stolen during World War II.


Experts have concluded that the painting was looted from a warehouse by officials of the German occupation, from goods owned by German Jewish refugees.


Gustav and Emma Mayer were forced to part with some of their belongings as they made their way to England, and a crate containing the painting was stolen from storage at the beginning of the war.


In a letter sent on May 26 to the German lawyers of the couple's grandchildren, Belgian secretary of state Thomas Dermine officially confirmed the Belgian state's agreement to hand back the piece.


The Mayer family was already compensated for the loss of its property by German authorities in the 1960s, and so the relatives will be asked to pay 4,100 euros, the estimated cost of the painting.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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