Art Stolen by the Nazis Is Returned to Jewish Owners and Heirs—Sometimes

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As part of Temple Israel's "Week of Loss and Legacy" events, author Jane K. Cleland will be delivering two presentations relating to art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The presentations are part of Jane's book tour for her debut novel, Consigned to Death, an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. [St. Martin's Minotaur, ISBN 0-312-34725-1]

As part of Temple Israel’s “Week of Loss and Legacy” events, author Jane K. Cleland will be delivering two presentations relating to art stolen by the Nazis and efforts by Jews—often foiled by so-called friendly governments—to recover their possessions. [Temple Israel, 125 Pond Street, Sharon, MA 02067, 781.784.3986, http://www.tisharon.org

“According to the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, nearly one-fifth of all the art treasures in the world and one-third of all art in private collections across Europe were stolen from Jews and non-Jews alike during World War II,” Cleland explains. ”And thousands of objects have yet to be returned to the victims or their heirs.”

Finding Stolen Art: A Detective Takes on the Nazis is an inter-generational program taking high school students and their parents through the process of tracking art stolen from Jews during World War II. (6:00 p.m., April 26, 2006)

In The Politics of Stolen Art: A Legacy of the Holocaust, Cleland discusses the broader implications of the efforts to recover stolen art—how governments, organizations such as museums, and individuals hinder or help efforts to identify the rightful owners. (7:45 p.m., April 26, 2006)

The presentations at Temple Israel are part of Jane’s book tour. Her debut novel, Consigned to Death, an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans, is the first in a traditional murder mystery series featuring antiques appraiser, Josie Prescott. Josie uses her knowledge of art and antiques to solve the murder—in the process, she uncovers a diabolical plot involving treasures stolen by the Nazis. [St. Martin's Minotaur, ISBN 0-312-34725-1] For more information, please consult http://www.janecleland.net

“Antiques Roadshow fans and mystery lovers will delight in this erudite debut and hope for a series featuring the resourceful Josie.” Kirkus Review “Learn from my mistake: Don’t start this one at bedtime.” Donna Andrews, author of Owl’s Well that Ends Well

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