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Nazi looted art returned to daughter of jewish owner (II)

24 January 2014

THE HAGUE – The Restitutions Committee has advised Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker to restitute a painting by Jan van Goyen in the Dutch National Art Collection to the daughter of its Jewish owner. The Minister has accepted the advice.

The advice concerns an application for the restitution of a painting in the Netherlands Art Property Collection, which consists of artworks returned from Germany after the Second World War.

The painting proved to have come from the private collection of the Jewish banker Gustaaf Hamburger, who went to the United States with his family in 1940, leaving behind his possessions in the Netherlands. During the German occupation the painting was seized as ‘enemy property’.

The Restitutions Committee concludes that there was involuntary loss of possession as a result of circumstances related to the Nazi regime. It therefore advises Minister Bussemaker to return the painting to Gustaaf Hamburger’s daughter, who lives in Switzerland. The Minister has accepted the advice.

In March 2013 the Restitutions Committee advised the Minister to return three pottery dishes from the Dutch National Art Collection to the same applicant. This advice was also adopted by the Minister.

About the Restitutions Committee

The Advisory Committee on the Assessment of Restitution Applications for Items of Cultural Value and the Second World War advises about claims to items of cultural value lost during the Nazi period, also referred to as looted art. Since the Restitutions Committee was established in 2002 it has issued advice in 128 cases and has had 141 claims submitted to it.


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