Saturday, February 21, 2015

Former Dutch Queen Juliana Bought Painting Stolen from Jews

It has now become known that in 1948, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, then still a princess, bought a painting from the estate of a Nazi who was known for trading in stolen Jewish property.  The painting, by the Flemish painter Paul Bril, originally belonged to a Jewish Dutchmen, Jos H. Gosschalk. It was bought via a Dutch state institution, SNK. Restitution expert Gerard Aalders says that this could not have been an honest business transaction.  He assumes that the SNK wanted to please the princess. Professor Ekkart, who investigates stolen art in royal possession, has said that he will investigate the matter.  

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