Jewish heiress abandons claims over priceless painting stolen by Nazis – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on June 3, 2021

An elderly French heiress has given up her nearly decade-long battle with a US university to win back a priceless painting stolen by the Nazis in their occupation of Paris during World War II, AFP reported.

Lone-Nolle Meyer, the 81-year-old heiress to a Jewish family from France, had been fighting for years with the University of Oklahoma to regain ownership of La Bergere rentrant des moutons (Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep),an 1886 impressionist painting by Camille Pissarro.

Meyer had first found the painting in Oklahoma back in 2012 and tried to claim it, but the statute of limitations had expired. According to AFP, Meyer was declared the painting's rightful owner in 2016 and a deal was struck that would rotate the ownership of the painting between the US and France.

Meyer had fought to keep it from leaving France in July, but lost a court case, with the ruling stating she violated a settlement she herself negotiated. However, Meyer, who is one of the richest women in France, claims that she was forced into signing the 2016 deal in the first place.

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According to the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference, approximately 100,000 artworks out of 650,000 seized by the Vichy regime are yet to be returned to their original owners or their heirs.

Eytan Halon and Marcy Oster/JTA contributed to this report.

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