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The 2nd International Forum on Restitution of Holocaust Era Cultural Assets in Israel, Tel Aviv, 16 December 2015

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The forum was open to the public with prior registration to: forum2015@hashava.org.il

Venue: Tel Aviv University campus at Habayit Hayarok (The Green Villa), 24 George Wise Street, Ramat Aviv

Photographs of participants:


Sir Eric Pickles, UK Envoy on Post-Holocaust Issues, Anne Webber, Co-Chair, Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and Dr Israel Peleg, Chair of Hashava


Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, Director and Head, Sotheby's Europe Restitution Department, and Anne Webber

 

The 2nd International Forum on Restitution of

Holocaust Era Cultural Assets in Israel - December 16th, 2015

MC: Dr. Israel Peleg – CEO, Hashava – The Company for Location & Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets

9:00 – 9:30

Coffee & Gathering

9:30 –10:00

Greetings

Former Minister Micha Harish – Chairman, Hashava

Mr. Shlomo Gur – Associate Executive Vice President, Claims Con. Israel \ WJRO

10:00 –10:30

Keynote Speaker

 The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles, MP - UK Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues

 

10:30-11:30

Panel I – From Washington to Jerusalem – What has been accomplished since the first forum?

Mr. Tibor Shalev Schlosser – Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Donna Gobi - Managing director of the Israeli film service and Director of Cultural relations, The Ministry for Culture & Sports

 Mr. Aharon Mor - Advisory Board Member, European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI)

Adv. Elinor Kroitoru – Head of Research & Information Division – Hashava

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00

Panel II – From Munich to Tel-Aviv – On the Gurlitt Taskforce and the lessons for Israel

Mr. Thierry Bajou - Chief curator in charge of the looted art and the MNRs, Ministry of Culture and Communication, France, Member of the Gurlitt Taskforce

Ms. Yehudit Shen-Dar – Former Deputy head of the Museum Department & Senior curator at YadvaShem, Member of the Gurlitt Taskforce

Ms. Monica Dugot - Senior Vice President, International Director of Restitution, Christie’s

Mr. Richard Aronowitz-Mercer - Head of Department, Europe Restitution Department, Sotheby’s

Moderator: Dr. Wesley A. Fisher - Director of Research, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany / WJRO

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

Panel III – Immunity from Seizure Legislation – Comparative observations towards implementation by Israel

Adv. Edna Harel – Head of Division, Legislation and Counseling Department (Economic and Fiscal Affairs), Ministry of Justice

Ms. Anne Webber – Co-Chair, Commission for Looted Art in Europe 

Adv. Lawrence M. Kaye - Partner and Co-Chair of the Art Law Group, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Dr. Wesley A. Fisher - Director of Research, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany / WJRO

Moderator: Adv. Elinor Kroitoru – Head of Research & Information Division – Hashava

 

15:30 – 16:00

Closing remarks

Dr. Israel Peleg

 

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