Within the letter, Amsterdam’s mayor, Femke Halsema, and a number of other different officers, identified collectively because the School of Mayor and Alderpersons, wrote that they agreed with the findings of the committee, which argued for larger empathy within the restitution course of.
“The Jewish folks had been disadvantaged of their possessions, rights, dignity and, in lots of instances, their lives,” stated the letter, in keeping with a translation offered to The New York Occasions. “Insofar as one thing can nonetheless be restored of the nice injustice achieved to them, we, as a society, have an ethical obligation to behave accordingly.”
The Stedelijk Museum is answerable for town of Amsterdam’s artwork assortment of about 95,000 works. David Röell, director of the Stedelijk, acquired the portray throughout an public sale in 1940. It had, the restitution panel discovered, beforehand belonged to Robert Lewenstein and Irma Klein. However the panel additionally stated that its switch needed to have been induced, to some extent, by “the deteriorating monetary circumstances through which Robert Lewenstein and Irma Klein discovered themselves properly earlier than the German invasion.”
As well as, the panel discovered that whereas one claimant, an inheritor to Ms. Klein, “has no particular bond with” the portray, the work “has a major place” within the Stedelijk’s assortment.
When the tradition minister’s committee faulted the restitution panel’s “steadiness of pursuits” method in its report in December, two members of the restitution fee, together with its chairman, resigned.