Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2006

In Osteuropa 1-2/2006

Citizens, Victims and Historical Justice
The Fate of Jewish Art Collectors in Breslau

Monika Tatzkow, Hans-Joachim Hinz

Deutsche Fassung


In the early 20th century, an art collectors’ scene including many Jews emerged in Breslau. Carl Sachs and Max Silberberg built up collections that drew international attention. Both are typical for the crucial importance of Jewish figures in this scene. Their fates reflect the destruction of this elite during the Nazi era. Their collections were expropriated and destroyed. Carl Sachs saved his own life by emigrating. Max Silberberg died in a concentration camp. Their heirs, encouraged by international agreements, are making claims on works of art that have yet to be returned.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2006, pp. 155–172)