16. 2. 2023
An intensive and stimulating cooperation of the Documentation Centre with colleagues from the Holocaust Claims Processing Office, New York spanned for nearly three years. It was only crowned on February 14, 2023, by a special event in the Palais Nostitz in Prague. The outcome of this inspirational cooperation is the restitution of 4 paintings and a small collection of 10 liturgical vestments and dalmatics to the heirs of Johann Bloch (*7.6.1869 ‚Äď 13.12.1940), who was an industrialist and art collector from Brno. After 1939, these works were kept in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts and the National Gallery in Prague. Only today, after more than eighty years, the artworks have returned back to the hands of J. Bloch’s family, namely to his great-granddaughters, who attended the event in person.
For further details please see:
Superintendent Adrienne A. Harris Announces Resolution of Nazi Looted Art Claims for Four Paintings and Ten 18th Century Chasubles from the Collection of Johann Bloch | Department of Financial Services (ny.gov)