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He noted that of the 21,000 pieces of “degenerate art” seized from German museums in or shortly after 1937, two-thirds were prints while only one-third were originals.
In so doing they shall take into account the specific requirements laid down hereinafter.He said authorities in Berlin were supplying “advice from experts in the field of so-called ‘degenerate art’ and the area of Nazi-looted art.” Seibert referred further questions to prosecutors in the southern city of Augsburg, where spokesman Matthias Nickolai said he could give no details before a scheduled press conference Tuesday morning.“This case shows the extent of organized art looting which occurred in museums and private collections,” said Ruediger Mahlo, of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, noting private collections were almost all Jewish.“We demand the paintings be returned to their original owners.It cannot be, as in this case, that what amounts morally to the concealment of stolen goods continues.” He criticized the lack of transparency in dealing with the case and said it was typical of the attitude towards looted art, which for some Jewish families constitutes the last personal effects of relatives murdered during the Holocaust.Interim Agreementon trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and the Republic of Serbia, of the other part THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY,hereinafter referred to as "the Community",of the one part, and THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA,hereinafter referred to as "Serbia",of the other part,together referred to as "the Parties", WHEREAS:(1) The Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and its Member States, of the one part, and Serbia, of the other part (hereinafter referred to as "the Stabilisation and Association Agreement" or "the SAA"), was signed in Luxembourg, on 29 April 2008.(2) The Stabilisation and Association Agreement is intended to establish a close and lasting relationship based on reciprocity and mutual interest, which should allow Serbia to further strengthen and extend the already established relationship with the European Union.(3) It is necessary to ensure the development of trade links by strengthening and widening the relations established previously.(4) To this end it is necessary to implement as speedily as possible, by means of an Interim Agreement (hereinafter referred to as "this Agreement"), provisions of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement on trade and trade-related matters.(5) Some of the provisions included in Protocol 4 on land transport to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, which are related to road transit traffic, are directly linked to the free movement of goods and should consequently be included in this Agreement.(6) In the absence of pre-existing contractual structures this Agreement establishes an Interim Committee for the implementation of this Agreement.(7) As trade in certain textile products is regulated by the Agreement of 31 March 2005 between the European Community and the Republic of Serbia, it is recognised that it will lapse upon the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, HAVE DECIDED to conclude this Agreement and to this end have designated as their plenipotentiaries: THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITYDimitrij RUPEL, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, President of the Council of the European Union Olli REHN, Member of the Commission of the European Communities (hereinafter referred to as "European Commission") with responsibility for Enlargement SERBIABožidar ĐELIĆ, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia WHO, having exchanged their full powers, found in good and due form, HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS: TITLE IGENERAL PRINCIPLESArticle 1(SAA Article 2)Respect for democratic principles and human rights as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and as defined in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, in the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, respect for principles of international law, including full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the rule of law as well as the principles of market economy as reflected in the Document of the CSCE Bonn Conference on Economic Cooperation, shall form the basis of the domestic and external policies of the Parties and constitute essential elements of this Agreement.
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Auction houses in Bern, Switzerland and Cologne, which sold some of the art works both said Hildebrand was a known dealer.
Karl-Sax Feddersen, a lawyer with Lempertz auctioneers in Cologne, which sold a pastel drawing of a lion tamer by German expressionist Max Beckmann, said, “From our point of view this is a totally normal case.
A search of his flat led them to the sensational find.
Cornelius’s father Hildebrand Gurlitt was from 1920 a specialist collector of the modern art of the early 20th century that the Nazis branded as un-German or “degenerate” and removed from show in state museums.
After the war he persuaded the Americans that, as he had a Jewish grandmother, he himself had been persecuted.