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Hans Sachs left this earth without knowing what happened to his beloved poster collection. In 1898, when Sachs was a teenager, he began collecting posters in Berlin of advertisements, political propaganda and rare pieces of famed artists such as Cheret, Kandinsky and Lucian Bernhard. His passion for graphic art was so serious he amassed 12,500 posters and a separate collection of 18,000 tins, postcards and theater programs reflective of this art form.
Peter Sachs's father, Hans, went to his grave wondering whether the Nazis had destroyed the renowned poster collection he'd devoted his life to building. Imagine, then, how Peter felt when -67 years after his father's collection was seized - he discovered that 4,344 posters had not only survived the Nazis, but the Soviets and the East Germans.
AP Interview: Posters seized by Nazis being sold. By David Rising/Associated Press 1.17.2013
Galleristny.com by Zoe Lescaze: Though there have been a number of drawn-out legal battles over Nazi-looted art in recent years, few have been as involved as the saga of the enormous Hans Sachs poster collection. From the lowest German court to the highest, Peter Sachs pursued the return of his father's 4,344 surviving posters, which were being held by the German Historical Museum in Berlin.
A rare collection of turn-of-the-century posters by some of the biggest names in art are to go under the hammer in New York. The collection was amassed by a Jewish dentist from Germany but was seized by Nazi soldiers in 1938. Around a third of the posters - some 4,300 - have survived, and include works by Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch and Toulouse Lautrec. The lot is valued at almost $6m (£3.7m), with some estimates suggesting it could reach double that amount at auction. James Kelly reports.
LENOX HILL — Thousands of rare posters that were stolen by Nazis more than 70 years ago will be auctioned next month to benefit the family of the Jewish man who originally owned them.
A Berlin court ordered the Deutsches historisches Museum to return a poster looted by the Gestapo to Peter Sachs, the son of a dentist who was forced to flee Germany before World War II, paving the way for sachs to claim about 4,250 posters from his father's collect.
A retired U.S. airline pilot filed a lawsuit in Berlin against the Deutsches Historisches Museum today, demanding the return of a poster that was in his father's collection until the Gestapo seized it in 1938.
The Wertheim property had been held by East Germany for 40 years, and the rights to the land only came into question after German reunification. Mrs. Principe, who was born in Berlin and fled Germany with her family when she was 6, grew up in New Jersey knowing little of her family's lost fortune. But she began pushing for compensation in the early 1990s with the help of a lawyer, Gary Osen, who specializes in Holocaust-related claims. Mr. Osen fought to gain access to German records that revealed that the land had been taken from the family by the Nazis and that Karstadt was not the rightful owner of the Lenne Triangle. "If it wasn't for Gary, we wouldn't be here today," Mrs. Principe said.
“We like to say it went from being a ‘no man’s land’ in the literal sense to a ‘no man’s land’ in the legal sense,” said Gary M. Osen, a New Jersey lawyer who represents the Wertheim heirs. Legal nuances aside, he said, this land is also different because KarstadtQuelle sold it to Mr. Beisheim for a princely sum. The developer then spent hundreds of millions of dollars building the Ritz-Carlton, a Marriott hotel, luxury apartments and offices, calling the complex the Beisheim Center.