Washington, D.C., September 3, 2009 – Garvey Schubert Barer is pleased to congratulate client Jenny Schmidt on winning her family’s claim to 12 master paintings dating to the 16th and 17th centuries that had been confiscated by the Nazis during WWII. On September 1, 2009, Dutch authorities announced that the paintings, originally owned by Jenny’s grandfather, Hans Larsen, would be restored to the Larsen heirs. The paintings had been placed on loan to a Dutch museum by Ms. Schmidt’s grandmother before fleeing Europe in 1939, but were seized by the Nazis as “alien property.” Unbeknownst to the family, the paintings were recovered from Germany after the war. Ms. Schmidt filed a claim for the Larsen heirs under a new restitution program instituted by The Netherlands pursuant to the Washington Principles negotiated by the Clinton Administration.
The legal work was done by Garvey Schubert Barer Of Counsel Mark B. Feldman, who has worked on cultural property issues for many years at the State Department and for private clients. Mr. Feldman negotiated the 1970 UNESCO Convention on Cultural Property and is co-chair of the American Bar Assocaition Committee on Art and Cultural Heritage Law.