A restitution application concerning these same paintings was submitted on 8 May 2012 by the heirs of Nathan Katz and Benjamin Katz, brothers of Abraham Katz and partners in the art gallery Firma D. Katz in Dieren, both of whom are represented by the lawyer Thomas Kline of Washington DC, USA. The Minister laid this restitution application before the Committee for advice in a letter of 7 June 2012. The two applications concern the same paintings so the Committee combined them in file RC 1.132.
The present recommendation addresses only the application from the heirs of Abraham Katz – hereinafter referred to as the Applicants (recommendation number RC 1.132-A). The Committee will advise about the claim by applicants in regard to Nathan and Benjamin Katz at a later date (recommendation number RC 1.132-B).
In a letter of 12 July 2012 the Committee asked the Applicants to provide further information about their assertion that Abraham Katz was one of those entitled to the currently claimed paintings and, if possible, to underpin it with relevant documents. After the Committee had granted repeated postponements, it received some information in response on 24 October 2012.
After the Committee had studied this information it informed the Applicants in a letter dated 6 June 2013 that the information they had sent did not provide sufficient clarity in regard to their assertion that Abraham Katz was one of those entitled to the currently claimed works and gave them another opportunity to provide a more detailed explanation of this assertion. The Committee enclosed a copy of an extract from the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce in Arnhem concerning Firma D. Katz. The Applicants did not respond.
In a letter of 17 April 2014 the Committee notified the Applicants that the application would continue to be handled until 1 November 2014. Since then the deadline was postponed a number of times, at the request of the Applicants or otherwise, most recently until 1 September 2017. In a letter of 5 September 2017 the Committee notified the Applicants that it would not continue handling the application and that it would proceed with formulating advice for the Minister.