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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Money Grabbing Greedy Jews Claim Treasure Bought by Goering

A hoard of medieval gold church treasure in a Berlin museum faces conflicting claims from the heirs of Jewish art dealers who say their forefathers were pressured into selling it in 1935 by the Nazis.

Known as the Guelph Treasure, the trove is displayed in the Bode Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island and lawyers for the heirs put its value today at more than $200 million. It was purchased in 1935 by the state of Prussia, then under Hermann Goering’s rule, and has been part of Berlin’s art collection ever since.

The heirs of four of the dealers have marshalled support for their restitution demand from the Israeli government and from Andreas Nachama, a German historian and rabbi.
“The injustice of this deal is clearly apparent given the obvious power imbalance,” Nachama, director of the Topography of Terror exhibition in Berlin, wrote in a report commissioned by the heirs.
“The life-threatening, mounting oppression suffered by Jewish traders after 1933 cannot be denied, neither in general nor in this specific case.”
The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees Berlin’s art collections, is fighting the claims, saying the sale of the treasure was “a unique case” and not the result of Nazi duress. The dispute is further complicated by a rival claim from the descendants of Hermann Netter, a Frankfurt jewellery dealer whose heirs say he owned 25 percent of the treasure.

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