The heirs of Richard Semmel, a Jewish industrialist persecuted by the Nazis, said they’re “outraged” by a Dutch government panel’s decision to reject their claim for two Old Masters on the grounds that the works are more important to the museums which house them now than they are to the heirs.
The heirs of a pre-World War II Jewish collector who are seeking to recover art worth more than $100 million said a U.S. court ruling and a Hungarian government announcement are steps toward success in their 70-year struggle.
A man who said he fled Nazi Germany as a teenager was sentenced to three months of house arrest after pleading guilty to hiding $5.7 million from U.S. tax authorities using Swiss bank accounts at Credit Suisse Group AG and Wegelin & Co.,
Arthur Goldschmidt, a Leipzig dealer in animal feed and an exporter to South America, was more passionate about books than business. His private collection numbered 40,000 carefully indexed volumes and he engaged a librarian to take care of it.
German politicians attacked remarks by a lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel ’s party who stirred debate on the country’s responsibility for starting World War II, saying Polish forces mobilized before the 1939 invasion.