Please note: The Claims Conference does not handle claims for artworks. Information on filing claims is below.

The painting above was looted from the Jewish art collector Martin Heidemann, who was killed in Bergen-Belsen. His heirs have not yet been found and the painting remains in the Nederlands Kunstbezit-collectie (the Dutch State Collection or NK collection).
In cooperation with the Central Jewish Board (CJO) of the Netherlands, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany has been urging the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science to abolish all deadlines for art claims. This effort is part of the Claims Conference/World Jewish Restitution Organization Looted Art and Cultural Property Initiative.

On April 3, 2007, Ronald Plasterk, the Minister of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands, sent a letter to the Dutch Parliament stating that, although the pro-active attempt to find the original owners (or their heirs) of works of art in the specific collection called the Nederlands Kunstbezit-collectie (the Dutch State Collection or NK collection) would end on April 4, 2007, claimants may continue to apply for the restitution of art objects held by the Government of the Netherlands.

Applications for restitution may be sent by letter to:
The Minister of Education, Culture, and Science
Postbus 16375
2500 BJ Den Haag
The Netherlands

The State will continue to be guided by the recommendations of the Restitutions Committee, a team of outside independent experts. An announcement to this effect has now been posted on the website of the Ministry.

The text (in Dutch) of the announcement by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science is available at: www.minocw.nl

The text (in English) of the announcement by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science is available at: www.claimscon.org/index.asp?url=artworks/netherlands_ann_en

Information on the Claims Conference/WJRO Looted Art and Cultural Property Initiative and links to the text of the Dutch announcement is at www.claimscon.org/index.asp?url=looted_art

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The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) represents world Jewry in negotiating for compensation and restitution for victims of Nazi persecution and their heirs. The Claims Conference administers compensation funds, recovers unclaimed Jewish property, and allocates funds to institutions that provide social welfare services to Holocaust survivors and preserve the memory and lessons of the Shoah.