Free Dina’s Art

March 4, 2009 – update
March 4, 2009, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Active Decency | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

On February 24, 2009, I made a formal request of the International Council of Museums that their Ethics Committee look into the question of Dina Babbitt’s Gypsy Portraits and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’s refusal to comply with ICOM’s rules and recommendations concerning war art restitution, as well as what I consider to be the Museum’s blatant disregard for the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

I received a very prompt and courteous reply indicating that our concerns will be reviewed by the Ethics Committee in the immediate future, allowing time only for prior commitments of the committee’s members.

I have no doubt whatever that ICOM will act promptly and thoroughly in reviewing our concerns. In fact, I hope to hear back from the committee any day now.

While awaiting those developments, it might be illuminating to visit some related sites and learn how other countries and institutions deal with plundered war art.

Below are a few links to  sites found by doing a search for “war art returned”.  (Each link will open in a new window.)

Germany:                                                                                                                              World War II and the Looted Art Problem

Occupied Territories, Neutral countries and Latin America – May 1945:                         The Documentation Project

Great Britain                                                                                                                  ArtResolve : alternative dispute resolution for works of art and antiquity

International:                                                                                                                      ICOM Recommendations concerning the Return of Works of Art Belonging to Jewish Owners


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