06/23/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | ‘Portrait of Wally,’ a 1912 painting by Austrian artist Egon Schiele, was among the art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. In July 2010, the Leopold Museum in Austria, which had obtained the painting in 1954, agreed to pay $19 million to the heirs of the work’s rightful owner after The New York Times published a story on the painting’s ownership history in the late 1990s while it was on loan to The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

COURTESY PHOTO | ‘Portrait of Wally,’ a 1912 painting by Austrian artist Egon Schiele, was among the art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. In July 2010, the Leopold Museum in Austria, which had obtained the painting in 1954, agreed to pay $19 million to the heirs of the work’s rightful owner after The New York Times published a story on the painting’s ownership history in the late 1990s while it was on loan to The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

World War II ended over 70 years ago, yet attorney Raymond Dowd still fights for the return of stolen art on behalf of the families of Holocaust victims.

On Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m., Mr. Dowd, a partner in the law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow, and Miller in New York City, will appear at Friday Night Dialogues at the library to talk about how looted art bankrolled the Nazi war machine and share information on the legal efforts to return art to the rightful owners in spite of opposition from some of the world’s most prominent museums and art collectors. He will offer insight into the unique world of stolen art and his tenacity in returning these pieces — often after decades. (more…)