International Holocaust Remembrance Day

2014 IHRD commemoration on Sunday, January 26 - Degenerate and Looted: The Unfolding Case of the Munich Art Trove

Join us for the fifth-annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture, generously sponsored by the Esther Bem Memorial Fund and presented in partnership with the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto.

On Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Munk School for Global Affairs, the Neuberger presents our annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day lecture. This year's program features a keynote address from Walter Stechel, Consul General of Germany in Toronto, titled “Degenerate and Looted: The Unfolding Case of the Munich Art Trove.”

A 2010 customs inspection of an elderly man named Cornelius Gurlitt set off a chain of events leading to the recent discovery of approximately 1400 (121 framed and 1285 unframed) paintings and drawings in his Munich apartment. The so-called “Munich art trove” includes hundreds of works by well-known artists, many once classified as “degenerate,” and nearly 600 works looted from Jewish owners under the Nazi regime.

German Consul General Walter Stechel explores this case, outlining the events thus far, illustrating what has been found and focusing on the artistic significance and value of the works. He will address steps taken to move forward, raising several legal and moral issues concerning private ownership and its implication for the prosecution of the individual as well as repatriation of the looted art. Complex questions emerge about provenance, the inheritance of the post-Nazi generation and Gurlitt’s complicity in concealing these works, sparking widespread public debate and concern about the fate of the art, which could take years to resolve.

Sunday, 26 January | 11:00 AM
Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place

No registration necessary; admission free.

About International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD)*, an annual day of commemoration to honour the victims of the Nazi era.

*Designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005.

Previous January 27 Programming

The Neuberger first commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010 with a lecture from Professor Leonid Livak about the Jewish Persona in the European Imagination.

On January 27, 2011, the Neuberger presented the second-annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day lecture with Dr. Frank Bialystok. Read about the program in the Canadian Jewish News here. In 2012, the program featured Professors Robert Jan van Pelt and Michiel Horn on At the Edge of the Abyss: David Koker's Concentration Camp Diary. In 2013, our fourth-annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day lecture featured Professor Doris Bergen, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor in Holocaust Studies, U of T.  

Presented together with the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto and generously sponsored by the Esther Bem Memorial Fund.