Looted artwork within the Third Reich | DW Documentary

Looted art in the Third Reich | DW Documentary
The Nazis systematically plundered Jewish artwork collections in Germany. This documentary appears at chosen circumstances to how artwork sellers profited from the persecution of Jewish collectors after 1933.

The documentary spotlights the destiny of the gathering of Ernst and Agathe Saulmann. Ernst Saulmann was Jewish textile producer who lived within the Swabian Alb area of southern Germany and had a big non-public artwork assortment. The couple fled into exile in 1938 and the Nazis commissioned their common artwork seller, Julius Böhler, to promote their assortment. Whereas Böhler benefited from this and different gross sales of purloined Jewish artwork, the real house owners obtained not one of the proceeds and have been interned in Gurs internment camp in France. Only some objects from the Saulmanns’ assortment have been returned. This documentary appears on the difficulties confronted by specialists attempting to find out the unique house owners and places of artwork plundered by the Nazis. The movie’s creators interview many provenance specialists and Saulmann’s inheritor Felix de Marez Oyens, in addition to the grandson of Julius Böhler, who runs his grandfather’s artwork store at this time. Just lately, Böhler handed over the corporate archives to the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (Central Institute of Artwork Historical past) in Munich.

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