Getting the Nazi stolen art back by Nicholas Glass,
Channel 4 News, 27th Mar 2007
Uri Peled is a retired librarian from Tel Aviv. His grandfather, Arthur Feldmann, was a Jewish lawyer in the Czech Republic whose fate was sealed when the Nazis invaded. Peled now has one mission in life - to find the old master drawings looted by the Nazis.
The art collection, consisting of some 750 old master drawings, was confiscated from Arthur Feldmann’s villa, and Peled has spent the last 14 years searching for those drawings. Such has been Peled’s tenacity, he's tracked down old master drawings in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Holland, America and Britain. Peled has so far retrieved over 150 of them, mostly from the Czech Republic.
Mr Peled tracked down four drawings to the British Museum; three of four drawings found in the British Museum were originally sold as a job lot at Sotheby's in London in 1946 for £9. The Commission for Looted Art in Europe, based in London, represented his case against the British Museum, in 2002. It took four years to resolve, and involved the Attorney General, the High Court and a body called the Spoliation Advisory Panel. Uri Peled didn't get the drawings back but was given compensation of £175,000 by the British government. He was delighted when the British Museum put on a small exhibition of the drawings.
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