Germany Is to Return Important Painting

K. Spitzweg. Fiat Justitia. 1857. Oil on canvas. 48,5 И 25,6 cm

The German government is to return a painting by renowned German artist Carl Spitzweg to the descendents of a Jewish collector, perished in the Nazi death camp Buchenwald during World War II.

According to Berlin-based magazine «Cicero», the picture titled «Fiat Justitia» (1857) up to the last year was displayed at the President’s palace in Bonn. Reportedly, collector Leo Bendel had to sell the picture to an art trader just after the Nazi had come to power, in order to gain the needed money to leave the country via Austria.

Being a lawful heir, Bendel’s widow repeatedly tried to regain the possession rights for the picture. Finally, under the so-called Holocaust Conference Principles proclaimed in Washington in 1998, the painting will be returned to the owner.

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