Tuesday 12 December 2017

German parliament has art stolen by Nazis, says expert

The Reichstag building housing the German parliament Bundestag
The Reichstag building housing the German parliament Bundestag

London Daily Telegraph

An art historian claims to have found two artworks stolen by the Nazis inside Germany's parliament. According to 'Bild' newspaper, the two works were an oil painting, 'Chancellor Bulow speaking in the Reichstag', by Georg Waltenberger dated 1905, and a chalk lithography, 'Street in Koenigsberg', by Lovis Corinth.

The Nazis plundered hundreds of thousands of artworks from museums and individuals. An unknown number remain missing.

The Bundestag issued a statement saying an art historian was reviewing two "suspicious cases", but a spokesman would not confirm the find.

Last month, the German authorities revealed that a trove of Nazi-looted art had been found in a Munich apartment.

That collection had been held for decades by Cornelius Gurlitt, the elderly son of an art dealer who was ordered by Hitler to buy up so-called "degenerate art" and sell it to raise funds for the Nazis.

'Bild' said one of the two works discovered in the Bundestag collection had also originally belonged to the Gurlitt family.

The Bundestag's art collection comprises around 4,000 works and 'Bild' said investigations had found some 108 pieces so far of unknown provenance.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany called for a list of the Bundestag's artworks to be published. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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