Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I Bet Austria Wins Out

I bet you Haaretz could never even think, or imagine the association, they way I think on this.


A wealthy Austrian Jewish family, whose works of art were the Nazis during World War II, is asking for the restitution of one of Austria's most renowned art treasures – Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze."  The monumental frieze, which is over two meters tall, 34 meters long and weighs 4,000 kilograms is currently displayed in a climate-controlled hall in Vienna's Secession building, which dates back to 1902...At issue is not the Nazi's seizure of artworks, but the Austrian state's handling of the stolen art following the war.

The frieze belonged to the Lederer family of industrialists, who had been patrons of the artist. The family managed to escape to Switzerland after the Nazi's 1938 invasion of Austria, but their art collection – including the frieze and 18 other works by Klimt - was seized.

They want stolen property back?

Heck, we can't even get the right to enter freely and respect the Temple Mount taken from us 2000 years ago and occupied since 638 CE by Muslims.

But I would bet Austria gives in before Israel's government provides us with our rights in Jerusalem.


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