International Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture

Presented by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto in partnership with the Centre for Jewish Studies. Sponsored by the Esther Bem Memorial Fund.

Please join us for the Neuberger's annual lecture in honour of January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Presented with the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.

This year's program features a keynote address from Walter Stechel, Consul General of Germany in Toronto, entitled: "Degenerate and Looted: The Unfolding Case of the Munich Art Trove." A 2010 customs inspection of an elderly man named Cornelius Gurlitt set off a chain of events leading to the recent discovery of approximately 1400 (121 framed and 1285 unframed) paintings and drawings in his Munich apartment. The so-called "Munich art trove" includes hundreds of works by well-known artists, many once classified as "degenerate," and nearly 600 works looted from Jewish owners under the Nazi regime. In honour of the UN-designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day, German Consul General Walter Stechel explores this case. The Consul General will outline the events thus far, illustrating what has been found and focusing on the artistic significance and value of the works. He will address steps taken to move forward, raising several legal and moral issues concerning private ownership and its implication for the prosecution of the individual as well as repatriation of the looted art. Complex questions emerge about provenance, the inheritance of the post-Nazi generation and Gurlitt’s complicity in concealing these works, sparking widespread public debate and concern about the fate of the art, which could take years to resolve.

For more information, please visit the Neuberger website.

Date & Time
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 11:00am

Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place