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Five Masterpieces Looted by Nazis
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Republic of Austria v. Altmann

Five Masterpieces Looted by Nazis
with attorney E. Randol Schoenberg

Sunday, April 23, 2006  10:00am

Over the past 8 years, E. Randol Schoenberg, has litigated several of the
most prominent Nazi-looted art cases in U.S. Courts. In Republic of Austria
v. Altmann, he successfully persuaded the United States Supreme Court to
permit his client to sue a foreign country to recover art looted form her
family during the Nazi era. The case concerned six world-famous paintings by
the artist Gustav Klimt, including the famous “gold portrait” of his
client’s aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer.  After attempts to recover the paintings
under Austria’s 1998 art restitution law foundered, Schoenberg filed suit in
Los Angeles under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976. His success
in defeating Austria’s efforts to dismiss the case, ultimately led to an
agreement to submit the claim to arbitration in Austria. In January 2006,
the Austrian arbitration panel unanimously agreed that the paintings should
be returned to Mrs. Altmann, ending a 65-year quest to recover her family’s
heirlooms now valued at $300 million dollars.
Join us for a stimulating afternoon when Attorney Schoenberg will discuss
the history, recovery and latest developments in Republic of Austria v.
Altmann. The seminar will include a slide show of photographs and records
that are being used by lawyers and art experts to trace stolen artwork.
 

Mr. Schoenberg is a partner of the firm Burris & Schoenberg, LLP in
Brentwood, practicing general civil litigation. A graduate of Princeton
University and USC Law School, he has argued and won cases before the U.S.
Supreme Court, the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, the
California Court of Appeal and both state and federal trial courts in
California.

$15 (no registration fee)  •  #06SD7P00