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Past Events

Past EventsWednesday, February 26

Film: Making a Killing NEW EVENT

Introduction by Anne Webber

A timely showing of an influential documentary film that helped draw world attention to the thousands of paintings seized by the Nazis which have still not been returned to their rightful owners. 'Making a Killing', first transmitted in 1998 and screened worldwide, traces one family's 50-year quest to recover their missing art collection.  Its producer Anne Webber, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE), will introduce the screening.

The film tells the story of a Degas, owned by Friedrich and Louise Gutmann, members of a renowned German banking family living in Holland. Refusing to sign over their collection to the Nazis, they were deported to Theresienstadt and both were murdered. Their house in Holland was stripped bare. After the war, their children, Lili and Bernard, searched unsuccessfully for the stolen art which meant so much to them. In 1994, Bernard's sons took up the mission, joined by art detective Willi Korte. The discovery of the Degas in the US and the controversial legal battle to reclaim it, revealed the international art world's complicity in dealing with Nazi plunder.   

Film duration: 52 minutes

This is a companion event to Nazi Looted Art: A Time of Reckoning? on 23 February, which is now sold out. 

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