A painting that the Nazis seized from a wealthy Jewish family 87 years ago has been returned to its rightful heirs this week after it was discovered at a small museum in upstate New York.
The painting “Winter” by American artist Gari Melchers was one of more than 1,000 pieces of art and artifacts seized from the Mosse family, well-to-do Berlin residents who spoke out against the Nazis in their newspaper Berliner Tageblatt.
“It was one of the first large expropriations undertaken by the Nazis, a template for what became, unfortunately, a well-oiled machine,” Roger Strauch, president of the Mosse Foundation and the step-great-grandson of wronged publishing magnate Rudolf Mosse, said during an online repatriation ceremony held at the Albany FBI office Thursday.
“Winter” was sold at auction in May 1934 to an unknown buyer. It ended up at a New York City gallery five months later, where Bartlett Arkell, a wealthy collector and president of the company that