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Klassik Stiftung Weimar’s mobile display cabinet presents provenance findings relating to Jenny Fleischer

Date 2017.05.04

Be­gin­ning this week, the Klas­sik Stiftung cul­tur­al foun­da­tion in Weimar is high­light­ing the his­to­ry of Jen­ny Fleis­ch­er in a mo­bile dis­play cab­i­net in the en­trance hall of the city palace.

The cab­i­net presents ex­em­plary ob­jects that prove­nance re­searchers have iden­ti­fied as cul­tur­al as­sets un­law­ful­ly seized by the Nazis. It de­scribes the per­se­cu­tion and fate of the ob­jects’ for­mer own­ers and doc­u­ments the re­search work that has been car­ried out.
Born in Bratisla­va in 1863, singer Jen­ny Fleis­ch­er-Alt, who was Jew­ish, com­mit­ted sui­cide in 1942 when faced with im­pend­ing de­por­ta­tion by the Nazis. The es­tate con­sist­ing of valu­able fur­ni­ture and art­works was with­held from Fleis­ch­er’s in­tend­ed heir, her nephew, by the Nazi au­thor­i­ties. It was sub­se­quent­ly auc­tioned off and parts of it were ac­quired by Walther Schei­dig, di­rec­tor of the Staatliche Kun­st­samm­lun­gen zu Weimar, for its art col­lec­tions.

In­for­ma­tion on the case of Jen­ny Fleis­ch­er was found in the archives of the Staatliche Kun­st­samm­lun­gen zu Weimar, and the in­sti­tu­tion it­self be­came part of the Klas­sik Stiftung in 2003. As these items are quite clear­ly Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty, the Klas­sik Stiftung is cur­rent­ly seek­ing the right­ful­ly en­ti­tled heirs of Jen­ny Fleis­ch­er.

For a num­ber of years now, Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar has been sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly ex­am­in­ing its hold­ings for cul­tur­al as­sets seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion has pro­vid­ed sev­er­al fi­nan­cial grants to sup­port this prove­nance re­search.
The mo­bile cab­i­net show­cas­ing the his­to­ry of Jen­ny Fleis­ch­er can be seen un­til the end of Ju­ly 2017.

The case of Jen­ny Fleis­ch­er in the Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar blog (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)