In today's Federal Register, we find the announcement that the US State Department is following up on this summer's Terezin Declaration by exploring the possibility of creating a commission in the US to work on restituting artworks stolen by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Amb. Stuart Eizenstat has been at the forefront of this discussion.
In 2006, AAMD President James Cuno testified before Congress that there were "tens of thousands" of potentially problematic artworks in US museums.
Last night's airing of the film The Rape of Europa on PBS sparked a number of emails from friends who care about this issue.
US museums have shamefully abandoned their commitments to fully research their collections, to make provenance information public and transparent, and to restitute stolen artworks to the rightful owners.
[Federal Register: December 8, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 234)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 6832]
Town Hall Meeting To Consider the Establishment of a U.S.
Commission on Cultural Materials Displaced During World War II, and the
Implementation of the Art Restitution Provisions of the June 30, 2009
The Department of State's Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues is
calling a Town Hall Meeting January 7, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Department to get the views of interested individuals and
organizations on the establishment of a U.S. commission on cultural
materials displaced during World War II. The meeting will also discuss
the June 30, 2009 Terezin Declaration, the text of which is at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rls/or/126162.htm.
Individuals wishing to attend this Town Hall Meeting should
register no later than January 5, 2010 by emailing the following
information to Ms. Carolyn Jones-Johnson (Jones-JohnsonCD@state.gov):
Date of Birth
Number of Government-issued Picture ID (Driver's License Number,
including State of Issuance, U.S. Passport or Alternate Government-
Issued Picture ID)
Organization which you represent, and its Address and Phone Number
Home Address (only if attending as an individual)
Those who register are urged to arrive at the Department by 12:45
p.m. to allow time for security screening. Upon arrival, show a valid
government-issued identification (a U.S. state driver's license or a
U.S. passport.) The official address of the State Department is 2201 C
Street, NW., Washington, DC. Attendees should use the ``23rd Street
Entrance'' on the West Side of the State Department's Harry S. Truman
Building, located on 23rd Street between C Street and D Street, NW.,
Written comments on the above subjects may also be provided to the
same e-mail address for Ms. Jones-Johnson cited above.
Dated: December 2, 2009.
Ambassador J. Christian Kennedy,
Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, Department of State.
[FR Doc. E9-29226 Filed 12-7-09; 8:45 am]
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
US State Dept Announces January 7, 2010 Town Hall on Creating US Commission on Restituting Artworks Stolen During the Holocaust
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