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Lea Bondi Jaray Case





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    Guggenheim Case





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    Matter of Stettiner





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  • Don't forget to keep track of which sources you use to support your arguments, citing them when necessary & including them in a works cited page at the end of your essay

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    Writing Tip #1: Cite your Sources

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    Holocaust Art Claims About the HCPO

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    NYS Department of Financial Services Holocaust Claims Processing Office





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    The Art of Recovery – NYS Department of Financial Services





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    Report Contents Looted Art Report

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    The Project for the Documentation of Wartime Cultural Losses (The Documentation Project)





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    Metropolitan Museum

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art Provenance Project – Establishing Ownership Rights





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    Illicit Cultural Property

    Illicit Cultural Property Blog





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  • A listing of the paintings, statuary, and other forms of fine art in the FBI's database of stolen artwork and culturally-significant property.

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    National Stolen Art File

    National Stolen Art File





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  • Telling a story that you personally relate to can make for a strong essay. Don't be afraid to draw on personal experience when thinking about how to approach the topic!

    Writing Tip #2: Make it Personal!

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    Legal Guide for Museum P.

    The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals





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  • Video that tells the story of World War II refugee and Holocaust survivor Michael Pupa.

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    US National Archives

    Michael Pupa: An Immigrant's Story





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  • Documents at the Nat. Archives helped shatter Switzerland's neutrality myth, and exposed Swiss culpability in hiding Jewish assets stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

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    US National Archives

    Expert Series — World War II Lost Jewish Assets





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    PBS Newshour

    70 years on, the search continues for artwork looted by the Nazis





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    Smithsonian

    Where the Nazis Hid $3.5 Billion of Stolen Art





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  • Remember, these essays are read by attorneys who really appreciate the ability to make an argument quickly (but supported with evidence!) So don't dwell on one thing for too long!

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    Writing Tip #3: Be Concise!

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    NY County Supreme Ct.

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    Cowles v. Gagosian





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    Appellate Division

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    Matter of Flamenbaum





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    Reif v. Nagy





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    Artsy

    3 Cases That Explain Why Restituting Nazi-Looted Art Is So Difficult





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    NY Jewish Week

    New Shoah Art Law Gets First Court Test





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    New York Times

    After 26 Years, Munich Settles Case Over a Klee Looted by the Nazis





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    Newsweek

    Outgunned in the Search for Stolen Art





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    Barron's

    Art Law Rising





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  • While the resources here are more than enough to write a great essay, pulling in other resources from outside can really set your essay apart from the others because you can use them to make new arguments.

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    Writing Tip #4: Do More Research

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    New York Times

    Struggling Immigrant Artist Tied to $80 Million New York Fraud





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    New York Law Journal

    Panel Allows Stolen Artwork Claims to Move Forward





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    National Archives Blog

    Nazi Art Looter’s Diary, Long Missing, Found and Online for the First Time





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    New York Times

    Gagosian Gallery to Pay New York State $4.3 Million





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    New York Law Journal

    Heir Takes Step Toward Recovery of Nazi-Looted Art





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  • Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

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    More Writing Tips from Purdue Online Writing Lab

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    New York Times

    A de Kooning, a Theft and an Enduring Mystery





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  • Making a Killing is a compelling detective story about one family's 50 year quest to recover their missing art collection, set against a background of murder, greed and corruption.

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    Film Recommendation

    Making a Killing (1998)*

    Documentary

    *Not available to view on our website. Check your campus or local library.


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  • Based on the true story of Maria Altmann who fought the gov't of Austria to reclaim the painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, stolen from her relatives by the Nazis prior to World War II.

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    Woman in Gold (2015)*
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    Helen Mirren &
    Ryan Reynolds


    *Not available to view on our website. Available to stream on Netflix. Click to watch a clip.

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  • Presentation by Ms. Connie Walsh, Esq., Deputy Director at the Holocaust Claims Processing Office, NY State Department of Financial Services. Question & Answer Session to follow. Email us for info:

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    Student Event & Workshop

    Oct. 25 • 12N–2PM

    Queensborough Community College Medical Arts Building, Room M136





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  • WebEx session by art expert Dr. Erin Thompson from John Jay College. Question & Answer Session to follow.

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    Student Event & Workshop

    Oct. 30 • 7PM

    WebEx Session





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  • The David A. Garfinkel Essay Scholarship is generously supported by Gloria & Barry Garfinkel in memory of their son David. Their support has enabled the Society to offer this contest since 2008.

    The Historical Society of the New York Courts was founded in 2002 with the mission of preserving New York's rich legal history and educating the public about it through programs, publications and other projects. Visit the Society's main site.