Osen LLC in the News

Retailer to Pay Jewish Family for Land the Nazis Seized - The Wall Street Journal - April 3, 2007

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.

Luxury hotels sit on land confiscated by Nazis - The New York Times - September 22, 2006

Osen said neither the claims conference nor the Wertheim family wanted to take back the property. "It's one thing to visit the Ritz; it's another thing to end up owning it," he said. But Osen said Principe and her family were entitled to a fair settlement for their loss.

Family Property's Tangled History - The New York Times - September 22, 2006

“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.

Final Act Looms in Nazi Restitution Case - Bloomberg Business Week - September 19, 2006

“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.

Famous spot for sale in Berlin - The New York Times - September 12, 2006

A premiere real estate address - once the location of one of pre-war Berlin's top department stores, later the home of a legendary night club in the reunited German capital - is up for sale.

A Holocaust Reparations Settlement Makes Its Way to South Jersey - The New York Times - January 24, 2006

Within the next few weeks, Barbara Principe, a 73-year-old South Jersey woman who still lives near the chicken farm where she grew up, will begin receiving payments from millions of dollars in real estate in the former East Berlin.