E. Randol Schoenberg to be Keynote Speaker at the 28th International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Chicago August 17-22, 2008, on “Recovering
Nazi-Looted Art – A Genealogist’s Tale”

Honolulu, HI – May 14, 2008. The International Association of Jewish
Genealogy (IAJGS) announces that E. Randol Schoenberg will be the Keynote
Speaker at the Opening Ceremony of the 28th International Conference on
Jewish Genealogy. The conference runs from August 17 – 22, 2008 at the
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and is co-hosted by International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) with the Jewish
Genealogical Society of Illinois and the Illiana Jewish Genealogical
Society. Schoenberg will speak on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 8:00 pm.

In his Keynote Speech, “Recovering Nazi-Looted Art – A genealogist’s Tale”,
Schoenberg will describe how the skills he obtained as a genealogist
facilitated his highly successful pursuit of Nazi-looted art cases. He will
also share with us how his family research, a passion since childhood, was
of critical importance in his legal work since he was aware of available
genealogical resources that could be used as supporting documentation and
how his family research gave him insight into the lives of individuals who
lost art. Cases he will highlight include Republic of Austria v. Altmann
(involving the return of Gustav Klimt paintings) and cases involving
Nazi-looted Picasso and Canaletto paintings.

Schoenberg is an attorney with Burris, Schoenberg & Walden in Los Angeles,
CA. During the past decade, he has litigated several prominent Nazi-looted
art cases, including Republic of Austria v. Altmann. In the Altmann case, he
sought return of six famous Gustav Klimt paintings to his client. After
persuading the U.S. Supreme Court that Maria Altmann could sue Austria for
return of the paintings, he agreed to arbitrate the dispute in Austria. In
January 2006 the arbitration panel decided that the paintings, valued at
over $325 million should be returned to Mrs. Altmann. Other successful
cases include winning an unanimous Austrian arbitration ruling ordering
return of an $8 million Viennese building confiscated during the Nazi era;
obtaining a $6.5 million settlement in a case concerning Nazi-looted Picasso
painting; and obtaining a $3 million settlement in case concerning a
Nazi-looted Canaletto painting.

His passion for genealogy began when he was 8 (with a 3d grade assignment)
and by the age of 11 he had a 12 foot tree, with over 300 people. When bored
in school, he would practice writing out the tree from memory.

Randy is Coordinator, Moderator and Co-founder of the JewishGen
Austria-Czech SIG, author of the Beginner’s Guide to Austrian-Jewish
Genealogy and co-authored Getting Started with Czech-Jewish Genealogy. For
two and a half years he has held the position of president of the Board of
the LA Museum of the Holocaust.

For additional information about the conference and to register, see the
conference website at: www.Chicago2008.org

The IAJGS is an organization of organizations, founded in the late 1980s, to
provide a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advance
our genealogical avocation and to ensure there is an annual International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy. Go to www.iajgs.org for more information.

Anne Feder Lee, IAJGS President and Chicago 2008 co-chair
Telephone: 808-395-0115 (Honolulu, HI)
E-mail: FederLee@msn.com