A 17th century painting taken by Nazis from a prominent German Jewish art historian has been returned to the owner’s daughter, New York state officials said on Tuesday. The painting, called “Portrait of a Man,” was recovered in part by the New York Department of Financial Services’ Holocaust Claims Processing
Office, which has helped to return $171 million in assets to relatives of holocaust victims. “While the terrible damage caused by Nazi persecution can never be repaired, we hope that the recovery of this painting will deliver at least some small measure of justice,” department Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said at a ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. “Portrait of a Man,” which features a seated bearded man wearing a red and black ensemble, was seized during a Nazi raid of the home of August Liebmann Mayer, Lawsky’s office said.