Reply to: ‘Reclaiming’ Jewish History
2 days 1 hour ago
The Toledo Museum of Art has every sympathy for the victims of Nazi era crimes, including Martha Dreyfus Nathan. However, in the case of the Gauguin painting that Mrs. Nathan sold to Jewish art dealers in Switzerland in 1938, and which was subsequently purchased by TMA, the evidence obtained by a third party provenance researcher is clear. Mrs. Nathan initiated the sale and received fair market value for the painting. Her correspondence and other evidence indicates this was not a forced sale. Although she vigorously pursued restitution claims for other losses until her death in 1958, continued by her brother on her behalf until his death in 1977, neither made a claim against this painting.
While the Toledo Museum of Art eventually sought dismissal on statute of limitations grounds, all the evidence collected during our lengthy and expensive investigation was presented to the presiding judge, who agreed that the sale of the Gauguin painting by Mrs. Nathan was not a forced sale.
The Toledo Museum of Art takes all claims very seriously and has returned four objects in the last four years where the evidence showed the Museum did not have clear title. We are committed to doing the right thing in these cases.
A release from 2006 describing the Museum's efforts is at the link.
Reply to: Need Anti-BDS Website
2 days 10 hours ago
I would like to add that not only should there be a anti-BDS website that gives Israel's story but it should be designed to show industry the benefits of partnering with the creative Israeli mind.
Reply to: Kosher BBQ Fires Up In Crown Heights
2 days 13 hours ago
Mazal tov, y'all! Southern Jews have been enjoying "smokehouse" BBQ since before the Civil War, maybe even before the Revolution, in Charleston. It's the finest ambassador for the cuisine of the American South. So many times when I lived in NYC, I WISHED for some real BBQ. And now that I live elsewhere, my wish has come true! May y'all go from strength to strength! Maybe franchise? Open one up in Australia, near me? Enjoy it, it's truly a gift.
Reply to: Rabbi Is Staying; Who Will Go?
2 days 18 hours ago
I thought Kurtzer said that his "involvement was done"? Contrary to what he posted on his Facebook, maybe he really does have a horse in the race re what happens to the RJC? “the consequences of this hubris [on the part of the rabbi] is that the victims here are even less likely than before to speak up.” That seems like a safe escape move for him to pull, now that truth is emerging post hysteria.
Reply to: Searching For Young Jewish Talent
2 days 18 hours ago
There is almost an issue with age discrimination here. It's good that Mimi Kravetz did not use "young" in her response to the last question, as Hillel should have the best staff appropriate to the school populations it serves, regardless of age.