Martha Lufkin ’76: “Lawsuits Over Nazi-Looted Art”

On May 2nd, YaleBoston, Yale SOM Alumni Association Boston, and Eli’s Mishpacha Boston will host Martha Lufkin to speak on work to reclaim Nazi-looted artwork.

YaleBoston describes the event as follows, “In World War II, the Nazis stole vast quantities of art from Jewish owners – much of which passed into other hands. What happens when an heir to the original owner reclaims the art? Martha Lufkin (BR ’76), an attorney and art law writer, has reported on numerous lawsuits over Nazi-looted art, and will tell us about the struggle by a California woman to take back five looted paintings by Gustav Klimt from an Austrian museum. The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court, as depicted in the recent movie “The Woman in Gold.” Martha will tell us about Nazi art plundering, how the topic resurfaced in the 1990s, and her inside scoop on the legal battle to regain the five Klimt paintings, which she reported on as it happened.”

Tickets are $25 per person for general admission ($18 for YaleBoston members) and can be purchased at the bottom of the YaleBoston event page. A reception will be hosted at 6 pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by the presentation and discussion from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.