The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, November 28, 2014


German Court Says US Man can't Demand Posters' Return
BERLIN (AP).- A court has ruled that a Jewish man whose father lost his collection of thousands of rare posters to the Nazis can't demand their return from a German museum, it said Friday.

A Berlin appeals court said it ruled that while Peter Sachs, the son of collector Hans Sachs, is the owner of the posters, now worth millions, he isn't entitled to their restitution by the government-owned German Historical Museum. The court did not immediately explain its reasoning behind the decision.

The Thursday ruling partly reversed one by a lower court last year that said the museum must return a poster for "Simplicissimus," a satirical German weekly magazine, showing a red bulldog.

The case was a test of Sachs' claim to the 4,300 surviving posters held by the museum, now worth at least euro4.5 million ($6.3 million).

The lower court found that Hans Sachs never gave up ownership of the collection of 12,500 posters taken from his home on the Nazis' orders in 1938. His family fled to the U.S. shortly after that year's anti-Jewish Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, pogrom.

At a hearing on Thursday before its ruling on a museum appeal, appeals court judge Rainer Bulling raised the possibility that a 1961 compensation payment of 225,000 German marks (then worth about $50,000) from the West German government to Hans Sachs may be a legal obstacle to restitution, among other factors.

It wasn't immediately clear when a full written ruling would be available.

"We will study the reasons for the decision and then decide what legal measures we can take against this ruling," said Sachs' German lawyer, Matthias Druba.

He said that, independent of any further legal steps, he hopes the German government will "do the right thing" and help reach a "fair solution" to the case.

Sachs, of Sarasota, Florida, is glad that his ownwership was upheld, but "of course he is very disappointed that German courts say they can't help him assert ownership," Druba said.

German Historical Museum spokesman Rudolf Trabold had no immediate comment, saying that officials would first examine details of the ruling.

Peter Sachs has argued that the original compensation was paid when it appeared the collection was destroyed in World War II, and that once his father found out part of it had survived, he started trying to get access to it in the East German museum where it ended up.

Hans Sachs learned five years after accepting compensation that part of the collection was in East Berlin. He wrote in vain to communist authorities about seeing the posters; and died in 1974 without ever seeing them again.

The collection was given to the German Historical Museum in 1990, after reunification.

Peter Sachs says he only learned of the collection's existence in 2005, and began fighting then for the return of the posters.

A German restitution panel ruled in 2007 that the museum was their rightful owner.



Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.


Germany | Hans Sachs |  | Peter Sachs | German Historical Museum |




Today's News

January 30, 2010

Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture Sale at Sotheby's Brings $61.6 Million

Getty Museum Acquires L' Entrée au Jardin Turc by Louis Léopold Boilly

Disputed Da Vinci Portrait Sells for $1.5 Million at Sotheby's

UNESCO's Irina Bokova Calls for Ban in Trade in Haitian Artifacts

Christie's Old Masters & 19th Century Sales Series Achieve $40,858,500

Group Exhibition "Shapeshifter" on View at Country Club

artnet Auctions Launches Special Sale of Modern and Contemporary Art

One of New York's Most Popular Fairs Returns in February

Yvon Lambert Showing New Work by Austrian Artist Markus Schinwald

Jack Becker Named New Joslyn Art Museum Executive Director

National Portrait Gallery Publishes New Book on Later Stuart Portraits 1685 - 1714

Miró/Dubuffet/Basquiat Exhibition Announced at Nassau County Museum

Düsseldorf's Second Quadriennale to Feature a Series of High-Caliber Exhibits

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art Presents Exhibition by Eija-Liisa Ahtila

First Museum-Based Overview of the Work of Ana Torfs at K21 in Dusseldorf

New P.S. 1 Website Invites Artists and Collectives to Virtually Exhibit their Works

Black Forest Carved Canine Tableau Collars $30,590 Bid in Auctions Neapolitans Sale

Biennial Print Fair Brings Art Galleries and Collectors to Baltimore in March

German Court Says US Man can't Demand Posters' Return

National Portrait Gallery Announces the People's Choice Awards for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach

Related Stories



Sebastian Goegel Experiments with Forms at Galerie Adler

Leading Representative of Conceptual Art, Liam Gillick, Opens Exhibition in Bonn

Exhibition in Germany Pays Homage to Private Collectors



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site