Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2006

In Osteuropa 1-2/2006

Odyssey of Art
The Restitution of the Steinthal Collection

Monika Tatzkow

Deutsche Fassung


Max Steinthal belonged to the top managers at Deutsche Bank. As a friend of the art scene, he collected old masters and modern art. As a Jew, he lost his entire fortune during the Nazi era. Most of his children fled abroad; one died in a concentration camp. The banker himself was forgotten. His art collection made its way from Berlin to Dresden. In 1952, East Germany seized it. For over 50 years, it lay in a depot of the State Art Collections. Max Steinthals grandchildren never gave up the search for it. In 2004, their grandfather’s collection was returned.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2006, pp. 173–178)