Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Schleswig-Holstein returns trophy
This week the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Schleswig-Holstein returned the so called 'Zinn-Willkomm' - a kind of trophy – to the rightful heirs of Mozes Mogrobi. The former director of the Landesmuseum, Ernst Sauermann, acquired the drinking vessel in 1942 from the Jewish art dealer Mozes Mogrobi from Amsterdam. Following the Nazi occupation of Holland, Mogrobi’s business was taken over by a non-Jewish trust in accordance with the Nuremberg Race Laws. Mogrobi, who died in Auschwitz in 1944, could no longer act freely as a business man after 1941.
Since 2013, the Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen has been systematically verifying the provenance of the collections held by the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte. In one of the two-year research projects, its researchers investigated whether any of the Landesmuseum’s new acquisitions between 1933 and 1945 were Nazi confiscated property. The follow-up project that began in February 2016 is focusing on additions to the collection after 1945. Both projects have received research grants from the German Lost Art Foundation.