Now we see that Jewish groups are worked up that it has been proven to be another untruthful assertion. We suspect they were expecting yet more unearned handouts.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/j ... -art-hoard
German taskforce finds only five of 1,500 artworks were looted by Nazis
Jewish groups criticise official report on collection of art dealer Cornelius Gurlitt, discovered in Munich in 2012
Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel delivers the task force’s report in Berlin.
Reuters in Berlin
Thursday 14 January 2016 15.27 EST
A taskforce set up by the German government to determine the ownership history of more than 1,500 artworks discovered in 2012 has found that only five were wrongfully taken from Jews, drawing criticism from Jewish groups.
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German tax inspectors discovered the art collection, which included works by Matisse and Picasso, during a raid on the Munich home of Cornelius Gurlitt. His father, an art dealer, had sold what Hitler dismissed as “degenerate” art.
After two years of research, the head of the taskforce, Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel, presented the final report on Thursday.
She said that only five pieces had been confirmed as stolen Nazi art, although 499 were determined to have a questionable history. Of the five, four were returned to heirs of their owners, including Max Liebermann’s Two Riders on a Beach and Henri Matisse’s Seated Woman.
The announcement drew sharp criticism from Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress. Lauder issued a statement calling the results “meagre and not satisfactory”. He said he “expected Germany to do better, given that time is running out”, and accused the taskforce of managing its work poorly.
Jewish groups have been pressing the German government to move quickly, since many of the heirs of the Nazi victims are elderly.
Accused of carrying out her work without sufficient transparency, Berggreen-Merkel said a dispute over the validity of the will of Gurlitt, who died in May 2014 at the age of 81, had made it difficult for the taskforce to be more forthcoming.
In the will, Gurlitt designated the Bern Art Museum in Switzerland as sole heir to his collection. A cousin is challenging the claim, arguing that Gurlitt was not in good psychological health when he wrote his will. A court decision on the validity of the will is due in February.
Monika Grütters, the culture minister, has announced that Germany is setting up a Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg, which will continue research into Gurlitt’s artwork.