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Jewish family’s painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned

October 15, 2020

The Washington Post – Bartko is proud to report that J. Eric Bartko and the firm have again been instrumental in repatriating additional stolen Nazi art to the rightful owners.

Since 2011, the firm has advised The Mosse Art Restitution Project (MARP), in an ongoing effort at the direction of the Mosse Foundation and on behalf of the Mosse heirs. Berlin publisher and philanthropist Rudolf Mosse began  the collection during the expansion of his European publishing house under the Kaiser and later Weimar Republic. The collection was housed in the “Mosse-Palais”, his Berlin residence, also known as the “Mosseum”, as he periodically provided viewing access to the public. After his death in 1920, his daughter and sole heir and her husband Hans Lachman-Mosse continued the collection until its expropriation by the Third Reich in early 1933, soon after Hitler became Chancellor. The MARP project has recovered over 30 art objects in Germany, Austria, Israel and the United States since 2011 and continues to pursue identified objects in those and other states.