Germany Appeals Nazi Restitution Case to the US Supreme Court

24.06.2019 | The Art Newspaper

Nicholas O’Donnell was quoted in the articles, “Berlin museums appeal to US Supreme Court in dispute over €200m Guelph Treasure,” published by The Art Newspaper, and In a Bid to Keep the $275 Million Guelph Tresure, Germany Appeals Nazi Restitution Case to the US Supreme Court, published by ArtNet News on June 24, 2019.

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK), the organization that oversees Berlin’s state museums, says that it will appeal to the United States Supreme Court to dismiss a claim for the Guelph Treasure filed by the heirs of a consortium of Jewish art dealers who say they sold the artifacts under duress in the Nazi era. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an appeal by the foundation, paving the way for a trial to go ahead. The SPK argues that the case does not belong in a US court and jurisdiction should remain in Germany.

Nick comments that “the SPK’s desperation to avoid scrutiny of a ‘sale’ in 1935 by Jews to Hermann Goering speaks for itself.” He goes on to say that the SPL’s latest press release is another instance of Germany pretending to care about the issue of Nazi-looted art while standing in the way of victims of heirs to run down the clock until another generation passes away.

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