Rutgers University returns Nazi-looted painting


(JTA) — A painting looted by the Nazis in Holland was returned to the heirs of its Jewish owner by Rutgers University.

The 1509 work "Portrait of a Young Man" by German painter Hans Baldung Grien, was returned Jan. 14 to Simon Goodman of Los Angeles, the grandson of a Dutch banker whose extensive collection was seized by the Nazis in Holland in May 1940. The university had spent a year tracking the origins of the portrait.

The art collection of Goodman’s grandparents was well-known in prewar European art circles, according to reports.

"Portrait of a Young Man" was part of a group of seven works that the Goodmans traded to a German art dealer representing Adolf Hitler in return for safe passage out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Instead, Nazi officers looted the art and sent the owners to death camps, where they perished, according to The Associated Press.

The painting was donated by then-owner Rudolf Heinemann to Rutgers in 1959.

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