IT GETS REALLY CRAZY NOW, LET’S HIRE AND FIRE AND MAKE UP LAWS AND EXCUSES BUT NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!
The fight by families of Holocaust victims to recover Nazi-stolen art from the son of a World War II-era art dealer has gained new life after his legal team dismissed his chief negotiator, signaling a more conciliatory approach.
The court-appointed guardian for the now-elderly son, Cornelius Gurlitt, relieved Hannes Hartung from his mandate to negotiate the possible restitution of disputed pieces in Mr. Gurlitt’s collection of more than 1,400 artworks, a spokesman for Mr. Gurlitt told The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Hartung didn’t respond to requests to comment.
The talks stalled after Mr. Hartung suggested Mr. Gurlitt be offered compensation for any returned artwork. The collector’s remaining representatives plan to meet next week with a lawyer acting for the heirs of the trove’s most valuable work, an Henri Matisse portrait that experts said could fetch up to $20 million at auction.
Mr. Gurlitt’s spokesman, Stephan Holzinger, said the focus of these talks would be “to resolve this situation in the very near future, with a solution that is pretty simple.”
“Anything less than complete restitution without any monetary or nonmonetary compensation is unacceptable for us,” Mr. Marinello said on Thursday. He said the “negotiations are still pending and no deal has yet been reached,” but the family is open to the discussions with Christoph Edel, Mr. Gurlitt’s guardian.
WALL STREET JOURNAL MARCH 30, 2014