Holocaust Survivor Sues Over Stolen Painting
88-year-old Holocaust survivor, David Toren, is suing for the return of a painting he says was stolen in the late 1930s from his great uncle in Germany.
He alleges that the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria have "perpetuate[d] the persecution of Nazi victims" by not returning artworks they seized in 2012.
The Complaint seeks recovery under the theory of bailment and wrongful possession. Toren claims that he is the true owner of the artwork, and that Germany is wrongfully in possession of the work.
The Complaint can be found here.
Toren is a retired lawyer from New York. The painting was one of the first made public late last year from more than 1,400 artworks that belonged to Toren's great uncle, David Friedmann. "Two Riders on the Beach," by a German-Jewish artist had been missing since World War II.