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Philly artist paints over swastikas with flowers, has neighbors do the same

(JTA) — A Jewish artist in suburban Philadelphia turned swastikas painted on her trash can into a neighborhood demonstration of love and caring.

Esther Cohen-Eskin of Havertown discovered the Nazi symbol painted on her trash can on Aug. 19, The Associated Press reported. She and her husband have lived there for 20 years.

“The swastika is such a deep-rooted sign of hatred for everyone, especially Judaism, that I felt so...

MoMA to return Nazi-looted painting to heirs of German-Jewish art collector

(JTA) — The Museum of Modern Art in New York will return a painting to the heirs of a German-Jewish art collector.

“Sand Hills,” a German Expressionist painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, will be returned to the heirs of Max Fischer, the museum announced Monday.

Fischer had inherited the painting, known at the museum as “Sand Hills in Engadine” (1917-18), from his parents, Ludwig and Rosy Fischer, in 1926, according...

Warhol portraits of Jews have been stolen

(JTA) — Nine iconic silkscreen portraits of Jewish celebrities by the artist Andy Warhol have been stolen.

A family in Los Angeles who purchased the portraits in the 1980s made the discovery when they were taken to be reframed and the framer realized they were fakes, the website TMZ reported.

In 1980, Warhol created a portrait series of 10 leading Jewish cultural figures of the 20th century, which he called...

Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt collection sold at auction

(JTA) — A Nazi-looted painting that was returned to its owners last month from the collection of the late art collector Cornelius Gurlitt was sold at auction.

Max Liebermann’s “Two Riders on the Beach” was among the most valuable of the more than 1,400 artworks discovered in Gurlitt’s home in Munich and later in a second home in Salzburg, Austria. The painting was stolen from David Friedmann, a German-Jewish collector who...

Report slams U.S. museums’ handling of Holocaust-era restitution claims

NEW YORK (JTA) — United States art museums are using “procedural defenses” and a “hostile approach” to renege on their responsibility to return Nazi-looted art to its owners and heirs, a new report says.

Singling out several prominent museums for criticism, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the report, issued by the World Jewish Restitution Organization...

Helen Mirren honored for educating about Nazi-looted art

(JTA) — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren accepted an award for helping to educate the public about the issues surrounding Nazi-looted art.

On Friday, the World Jewish Congress presented Mirren with its Recognition Award, which honors those working on behalf of the Jewish people, at a ceremony at New York’s Neue Gallery.

Mirren starred in the 2015 film “Woman in Gold,” which tells the story of Maria Altmann, an Austrian-American...

Jewish family appeals ruling in case of Nazi-looted art

(JTA) — The family of a Jewish woman who sold a valuable painting under duress while fleeing the Nazis has appealed a decision by a U.S. judge allowing a museum in Spain to maintain possession.

The family of Lilly Cassirer on Friday appealed the ruling handed down earlier this month in the case of the 1897 painting “Rue Saint-Honoré, Après-midi, Effet de Pluie,” a Paris street scene by Camille Pissarro,...