Catalogue description Registry Number: 152/9. Foreign Office Minute relating to a Mrs Sophie...

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Details of FO 1008/158/1
Reference: FO 1008/158/1
Registry Number: 152/9.

Foreign Office Minute relating to a Mrs Sophie Schermann-Rosenstrauch, based in Paris, who is seeking restitution and was most likely prompted to action by the recent announcement on the radio and through the press by the Americans that they had a collection of unidentifiable objects of art located at Wiesbaden and they would be ready to receive information which might establish ownership, dated June 1950. States that the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Division has since been inundated with claims. Includes a letter from Mrs Sophie Schermann-Rosenstrauch sent to the UK High Commission for Germany in Bonn, dated 30 May 1950. The letter lists objects stolen by the Germans during the war from the apartment of her brother, Professor Raphael Schermann, a well-known psycho-graphologist, in Krakow, Poland, Karmelicka 16. Includes descriptions of paintings by Van Dijk [Dyck], Rembrandt, Rubens, David Teniers, Velasquez, a precious tapestry embroidered from silver thread, a case of golden knives, spoons and forks and glasses, all with her brother's initials R S. The letter further refers to 300 antique bells made from bronze, silver, porcelain and enamel, as well as 400 antiques, made of gold and engraved with diamonds, dated May 1950.

Further Foreign Office correspondence relating to the 'Paris Reparation Fund', dated June 1950.

Copies of correspondence between the UK High Commission in Germany and the Refugees and Displaced Persons Branch about a claim from Father Marjam Wolorek, a Polish priest resident in Spain and victim of Nazi persecution, who was imprisoned in Poznan and Dachau and is seeking compensation, dated May 1950.

Includes related correspondence on the promulgation of a Federal Law on the Claims of Victims of Nazism, dated May 1950.

Brief concerning the General Claims Law, dated May 1950.

Memorandum by the International Refugee Organization, in the US zone of Germany, on compensation to victims of Nazi persecution, dated March 1950.

Document on Indemnity for Former Inmates of concentration camps in the British zone of Germany, undated.

Date: 1949 December 01 - 1950 June 30
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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