The State Secretary deferred the request for advice on the application for restitution dated 19 September 2002 pending the recommendations of the Ekkart Committee for the restitution policy with regard to the art trade. In a letter dated 5 December 2003, the State Secretary informed the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament that the recommendations would be adopted and that applications for restitution from art dealers would be submitted to the Restitutions Committee for advice. The State Secretary subsequently presented the request for advice dated 11 February 2004 to the Committee. On 15 June 2004, the applicant let it be known that she was abandoning claims to a number of works that had been part of the application for restitution, namely NK 2784, NK 1988 and NK 1762. The claim to NK 671 was also abandoned because this object is no longer part of the Dutch National Art Collection. Since January 2004, R.W. Polak, lawyer in The Hague, has been acting for the applicant.
As a result of the request for advice, the Restitutions Committee asked the Origins Unknown Agency to start an investigation into the facts, the results of which were recorded in a preliminary investigatory report dated March 2004. The content of this report was presented to the applicant on 22 April 2004, before the Committee had assessed it. The applicant responded to the substance of the report through R.W. Polak on 15 June 2004. On 13 September 2004 a hearing took place, at which the applicant, her brother, J.S., and R.W. Polak were present. A report on this hearing was drawn up, to which R.W. Polak responded in a letter dated 23 November 2004 on behalf of the applicant.
The Committee revised and accepted the investigatory report in January 2005, after which it was again sent to the applicant. The applicant responded to this revised version of the report through her lawyer and this response, in so far as it related to the text of the report, has been incorporated into the report.
The content of all the above-mentioned documents and records is considered to be included in this advice and to form a part of it.