Family makes claim for Dutch art

The daughter of a Jewish art dealer who fled from the Nazis has filed a claim for 227 of his paintings.

The Dutch Restitution Committee is processing “the Katz monster claim,” as the Dutch media have dubbed it, Ha’aretz reported. Sybilla Goldstein-Katz is filing the claim for the inventory of her father, Nathan Katz.

Katz sold his paintings in 1940, before escaping occupied Holland for Switzerland, to a German banker named Alois Meidl who may have been buying the artwork for a planned Fuehrer Museum.

Several Dutch newspapers have used an anti-Semitic tone in their articles about the claim, a source close to the family told Ha’aretz.

The committee does not expect to investigate the claim before 2008.

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