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A painting looted from a Berlin Jewish family by Nazis has been found by US authorities at the Kunsthaus museum in Zurich, museum officials said on Tuesday.

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Old 11.10.2011, 21:31
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NO WAYYYY!!!

You gotta be kidding me?!

Who'd have thought...
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At least the family of the owners have been low-key about it. They could've raised a huge storm around it, had they wanted to.
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Re: Nazi-looted painting found in Swiss museum

Well ...... the painting(s) have to end up somewhere eventually, and they ended up being public ... and in a respectable venue .. at least!
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Old 11.10.2011, 21:49
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Well ...... the painting(s) have to end up somewhere eventually, and they ended up being public ... and in a respectable venue .. at least!
Wow, that is beyond naive.
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Wow, that is beyond naive.
Why? They were looted. History has extended. Histories forgotten. So the new "owners" put their paintings on exhibit, and discover they were looted. What is naive about my observation on that?

Is everyone totally aware of the history of every possession of theirs?
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A painting looted from a Berlin Jewish family by Nazis has been found by US authorities at the Kunsthaus museum in Zurich, museum officials said on Tuesday.

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There are people who are rich but far from noble, but this Sommerguth-Family apparently is noble and intelligent. I hope that the museum lives up to their demand in full. It is good when museum visitors also learn a bit about some tragic aspects of internationally shown art.

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It's called provenance, and, yes, ESPECIALLY if one is a museum, one is aware.
Had they really been aware of the facts about this, they would hardly have used it in a special exhibition in 2009. The Kunsthaus just as other museums has hundreds of exhibits in their vaults. But according to the story they got it inside a whole collection in 2006 . To be praised are the heirs of the Sommerguth legacy who turned the picture over into a donation. There of course will be plate below the picture with the statement "1939 Alfred Sommerguth von den Nationalsozialisten entzogen. Geschenk seiner Erben und von Frau Hannelore Müller, 2010" . Also this in a decent language.

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There are people who are rich but far from noble, but this Sommerguth-Family apparently is noble and intelligent. I hope that the museum lives up to their demand in full. It is good when museum visitors also learn a bit about some tragic aspects of internationally shown art.
True, this is what struck me most about the story. They would have been in their rights to ask for the painting back and to hang it in their living room or sell it to the highest bidder. But they chose to leave it where it is in exchange for recognition that it was in fact theirs. What a very noble gesture.
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