German Museums Return 5 Nazi-Looted Artworks to Heirs of Jewish Banker #germany #holocaust #announcements
Jan Meisels Allen
Five Nazi-looted pieces of art were returned to the family of Carl Heumann, according to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, also known as Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK). These include: hey include Albert Emil Kirchner’s “Fischerweide” (1854) from the Lenbachhaus in Munich; Jakob Gensler’s “Girl with Parrot” (1840) from the Dresden State Art Collections; and two watercolors by Peter Fendi titled “Catholic Priest with Communion Vessels” and “Porch of a Church with Crucifix, Priest and Altar Boy.”
Several German Museums turned over the five artworks to the heirs of a Jewish banker who was forced to sell then when he faced persecution by the Nazis during World War ll.
The Berlin State Museums attributed another work to Heumann’s collection that had been bought at auction – Friedrich Jentzen’s “Portrait of the Master Builder August Stüler” (around 1830) – but it was agreed with Heumann’s heirs that the portrait will remain with the museums.
Born in 1886 to Jewish parents, Heumann was an avid art collector and built up a collection of German and Austrian art from the 18th and 19th centuries. His sons were deported to Nazi labor camps, and he left his daughter in the care of her uncle to protect her from deportation. Heumann died in a bomb attack on the German city of Chemnitz on March 5, 1945, while trying to save a suitcase with works of art from the basement of his house.
Also restituted was Johann Jakob Schillinger's "Devil's Bridge" (around 1800) from Berlin's Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings).
The Berlin State Museums attributed another work to Heumann's collection that had been bought at auction – Friedrich Jentzen's "Portrait of the Master Builder August Stüler" (around 1830) – but it was agreed with Heumann's heirs that the portrait will remain with the museums.
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee