During the Holocaust, priceless artworks were stolen from Jewish families by the Nazis. Among these collections were artworks by Kandinsky, Picasso, Degas, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Klimt. Many other valuable sculptures and ancient artefacts were also looted.
Join the McGill Art Law Association (MALA) student club and the McGill Jewish Law Students' Association (JLSA), as we discuss art restitution as a mechanism of transitional justice to redress the legacies of the Holocaust’s human rights abuses.
Our panelists Yael M. Weitz, Emmanuelle Polack, and Nicholas M. O'Donnell have all been significantly involved in the legal and investigative aspects of these claims.
About the speakers
Yael M. Weitz is an art restitution lawyer and counsel for the recovery of hundreds of Nazi-looted artworks stolen from renowned Dutch art collector and dealer Jacques Goudstikker.
Emmanuelle Polack is an art historian and the author of The Art Market Under Occupation - 1940-1944. She was commissioned by the Louvre to trace Nazi stolen art in their collection.
Nicholas M. O'Donnell is an art restitution lawyer, and the author of A Tragic Fate: Law and Ethics in the Battle Over Nazi-Looted Art. He is lead counsel for the restitution of the Guelph Treasure.
This event is eligible for inclusion as 1.5 hours of continuing legal education as reported by members of the Barreau du Québec.