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