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City of Wetzlar returns two donor panels to heirs of Ottmar Strauss

Date 2017.10.16

Last week, the City of Wet­zlar re­turned two donor pan­els to the right­ful heirs of Ottmar Strauss. As part of a prove­nance re­search project fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion in Magde­burg, it was pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine that the two works of art had been wrong­ful­ly seized from the col­lec­tion of Jew­ish in­dus­tri­al­ist Ottmar Strauss in Cologne dur­ing the Nazi era.

Be­fore Strauss of­fi­cial­ly em­i­grat­ed to Switzer­land in 1936, large parts of his col­lec­tion were auc­tioned off in three auc­tions at the Hugo Hel­bing auc­tion house in Frank­furt am Main in 1934 and 1935. It was there that the Wet­zlar-based pe­di­a­tri­cian and col­lec­tor Ir­m­gard von Lem­mers-Dan­forth ac­quired the two 15th cen­tu­ry pan­els “Kneel­ing knight” and “Kneel­ing canon”. She be­queathed her col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing the two pan­els, to the City of Wet­zlar.

Donor pan­els com­mem­o­rat­ed aris­to­crats and towns­peo­ple who paid for glass win­dows for church­es in me­dieval times.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)