The two requests for advice from the State Secretary are based on two applications for restitution of the painting NK 3424. On 11 November 2004, G. (referred to below as ‘the first applicant’) submitted an application for restitution, which, on 1 March 2005, was followed by an application for restitution from v.H.M. (referred to below as ‘the second applicant’), a cousin of G, relating to the same painting.
The rationale for both applications for restitution was a letter from the Origins Unknown Agency (referred to below as ‘BHG’) dated 20 October 2004 in which a number of members of the Goudeket family were asked to provide information relating to the painting with inventory number NK 3424. In that letter, BHG mentioned that NK 3424 probably originated from the estate of Isaac Goudeket, the grandfather of the applicants, which was surrendered to the looting bank Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co. in Amsterdam.
As a result of the request for advice, the Restitutions Committee began an investigation into the facts, the results of which were incorporated in a draft investigatory report dated 20 June 2005. This draft was presented to the applicants in letters dated 28 June 2005. Both applicants responded to the draft report, after which some points in the report were altered. On 4 August 2005 the Restitutions Committee adopted the definitive investigatory report and sent it to the applicants for their information. 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.