In the letter, Amsterdam’s mayor, Femke Halsema, and a number of other different officers, identified collectively because the College of Mayor and Alderpersons, wrote that they agreed with the findings of the committee, which argued for better empathy within the restitution course of.
“The Jewish people were deprived of their possessions, rights, dignity and, in many cases, their lives,” mentioned the letter, in response to a translation offered to The New York Times. “Insofar as something can still be restored of the great injustice done to them, we, as a society, have a moral obligation to act accordingly.”
The Stedelijk Museum is liable for town of Amsterdam’s artwork assortment of about 95,000 works. David Röell, director of the Stedelijk, acquired the portray throughout an public sale in 1940. It had, the restitution panel discovered, beforehand belonged to Robert Lewenstein and Irma Klein. But the panel additionally mentioned that its switch needed to have been precipitated, to some extent, by “the deteriorating financial circumstances in which Robert Lewenstein and Irma Klein found themselves well before the German invasion.”
In addition, the panel discovered that whereas one claimant, an inheritor to Ms. Klein, “has no special bond with” the portray, the work “has a significant place” within the Stedelijk’s assortment.
When the tradition minister’s committee faulted the restitution panel’s “balance of interests” strategy in its report in December, two members of the restitution fee, together with its chairman, resigned.