The Jewish Federation Legal Division
invites its Cabinet Members*
to a private viewing of
Special Guest Speaker
E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Cocktails and Program 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Private Viewing 8 p.m.
In the Directors Roundtable Garden/Brown Auditorium
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
RSVP by May 12, 2006 to
Shannon Doyle Bell at (323) 761-8233
*Cabinet Members are Legal Division donors who have made
a gift of $1,000 or more to the 2005 or 2006 Annual Campaign.
THE STORY: In the early 1900Õs, Adele and Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer lived in the thriving cultural metropolis of Vienna. The couple collected paintings by Gustav Klimt including two portraits of Adele, one of which is now an ÒiconÓ in the world of 20th century art. Sadly, in 1925, Adele died at the age of 43. In 1938, Ferdinand fled Nazi-annexed Austria without the paintings. They were later sold by a Nazi trustee and dispersed to several owners, including the Austrian Gallery. After the war, these transactions were deemed void, and the artworks were subject to restitution proceedings. In his will, Ferdinand left his property to his niece, Maria Altmann and two of her siblings. Until the late 1990Õs, the Bloch-Bauer heirs (who had migrated to North America) believed there was little they could do to recover the lost paintings. But in 1998, Austrian laws changed and Maria Altmann moved to recover the paintings. The case went first to the U.S. Supreme Court and later to arbitration in Austria. In January 2006, the arbitration panel decided that five of the paintings should be returned to the heirs. We celebrate the return of these incredible works of art to their rightful Jewish owners. THE ATTORNEY: E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg is a Legal Division Cabinet Member and partner at Burris & Schoenberg, LLP. He has litigated several prominent Holocaust-related art cases, most notably the Republic of Austria v. Altmann, in which he persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court that Maria Altmann could sue Austria for the return of her familyÕs paintings. He then agreed to arbitrate the dispute. THE EXHIBIT: This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible through the generosity of The Broad Art Foundation, the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Nancy and Dick Riordan, AT&T, Herta and Paul Amir, Kathy and Frank Baxter, The Gordon Family Foundation, Ellen and Andrew Hauptman, the Robert F. Maguire III Family, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Ted Slavin and Patricia Rubin, Terry and Lionel Bell, Lee and Lawrence Ramer, and the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation. Special support for this exhibition was provided by LACMA's Art Museum Council.
We wish to thank
for its generous sponsorship
which has made this event possible.
John D. Hanover, Peckar & Abramson
Jonathan H. Anschell,
Executive Vice President & General Counsel,
Many Thanks to Our Legal Division Corporate Sponsors
THE JEWISH FEDERATION
Michael Koss, Chairman of the Board
Gary Brennglass, President, Valley Alliance
Ada & Jim Horwich, General Campaign Chairs
Gloria Lushing, Sylvia Weisz WomenÕs Campaign Chair
Laurel Warner, Valley Alliance Campaign Chair
Karmi Monsher, Valley Alliance WomenÕs Campaign Chair
John R. Fishel, President
Jack Klein, Executive Vice President
Craig Prizant, Executive Vice President
Carol Koransky, Associate Executive Vice President
Executive Director, Valley Alliance
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