Exclusive excerpt screening with

Filmmaker John Friedman

"Restitution: Art and Memory"
Monday, Nov 5, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Admissions Building, Brandeis University
Moderated by Sharon Rivo, National Jewish Film Center, and Prof. Nancy Scott, The Dept. of Fine Arts

RSVP Closed 



on Nov 6, 2018
between 2:30pm-4pm
at the Looted Art Symposium

  • President Carter: The White House Years by Stuart Eizenstat

        President Carter - The White House Year book

  • A Tragic Fate—Law and Ethics in the Battle over Nazi-Looted Art by Nicholas O'Donnell

        A Tragic Fate Book

We thank the Brandeis Bookstore for helping us with this initiative.


Looted Art paintings edited into an image of German loot stored at Schlosskirche Ellingen

Keynote Speaker:

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat

AmbassadorStuart EizenstatAmbassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, co-heads the firm’s international practice.  His work at Covington focuses on resolving international trade problems and business disputes with the US and foreign governments.

During a decade and a half of public service in three US administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat has held a number of key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001). During the Clinton Administration, he had a prominent role in the development of key international initiatives, including the negotiations of the Transatlantic Agenda with the European Union (establishing what remains of the framework for the US relationship with the EU); and the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, where he led the US delegation.

Much of the interest in providing belated justice for victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi tyranny during World War II was the result of Eizenstat’s leadership of the Clinton Administration as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues.  He successfully negotiated major agreements with the Swiss, Germans, Austrian and French, and other European countries, covering restitution of property, payment for slave and forced laborers, recovery of looted art, bank accounts, and payment of insurance policies worth more than $8 billion.  His book on these events, Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II, has been favorably received in publications like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Business Week, and Publisher’s Weekly. It has been translated into German, French, Czech, and Hebrew. He is the Special Negotiator for the first Claims Conference in negotiation with Germany on behalf of Holocaust survivors, achieving more than $9 billion in additional benefits for survivors. He served as Special Advisor on Holocaust-Era issues for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry (from 2009-2017) and is now Special Advisor to the State Department on Holocaust-Era issues in the Trump Administration.

His most recent book, President Carter: The White House Years, with foreword by Madeline Albright, has received widespread acclaim since its publication in April 2018.

Ambassador Eizenstat served on the Brandeis Board of Trustees from 1991-96 and has received nine honorary doctorate degrees from universities and academic institutions. He has also received high civilian awards, including the Legion of Honor from the government of France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Israel as well as from Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers. He is a cum-laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School.


Samuel A. Blaustein '03
Partner – Dunnington Bartholow & Miller, LLP, New York.

Sam BlausteinSam Blaustein is a member of Dunnington’s litigation, arbitration & mediation; and IP, advertising, art & fashion law practices.  Mr. Blaustein currently serves as litigation counsel to plaintiffs in Reif v. Nagy, a case in which title to two Nazi-looted artworks was awarded to the heirs of Austrian cabaret performer, Fritz Grunbaum.  The Reif case was one of the first to apply the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act (“HEAR”) of 2016.  Mr. Blaustein has represented clients in a broad range of art and entertainment litigations ranging from provenance issues concerning the works of Frank Lloyd Wright to defending against trademark trolls pursuing foreign satellite television operators.  Prior to starting at Dunnington, Mr. Blaustein was a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  

Monica Dugot

Senior Vice President, International Director of Restitution, Chairman’s Office, Christie’s International.

Monica DugotMonica Dugot is Senior Vice President, International Director of Restitution at Christie's, coordinating restitution issues globally from her New York base in the Chairman’s Office. Prior to joining Christie's, Ms. Dugot served for almost eight years as Deputy Director of the New York State Banking Department's Holocaust Claims Processing Office. She has represented New York State on art restitution matters at many venues including the 1998 Washington Forum on Holocaust-Era Assets and the International Conference on Holocaust Era Looted Cultural Assets in Vilnius, Lithuania. More recently she has testified before Congress on restitution issues and delivered a TEDx talk.

Nicholas M. O'Donnell
Partner - Litigation Department of Sullivan & Worcester, Boston.

Nicholas O Donnell

O’Donnell is the leader of the firm's Art & Museum Law practice group. His practice focuses primarily on complex civil litigation, where he has served as lead counsel on a variety of lawsuits concerning restitution and fine art sales and has advised museums, dealers, auction houses, and collectors worldwide about restitution, copyright, and de-accessioning issues. He is Vice-Chair of the Arts, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee of the International Bar Association. Mr. O’Donnell is the author of numerous articles and papers on the subject of Nazi-looted art disputes, and the author of A Tragic Fate—Law and Ethics in the Battle Over Nazi Looted Art (Ankerwycke 2017), the first comprehensive overview of disputes in the U.S. over allegedly Nazi-looted art.

Kim Oosterlinck
Professor of Finance, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Kim Oosterlinck

Kim Oosterlinck is Professor of Finance at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université libre de Bruxelles) and Research Fellow at the CEPR. He holds a Master’s in Management, a Master’s in Art History and Archaeology, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Management from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). After a post-doctoral stay at Rutgers University, he came back at ULB as professor. His main research interests are sovereign bond valuation, financial history and art market investments. Kim Oosterlinck has published several articles on the French, Dutch and Belgian art markets during WWII and works for the moment on a book comparing these markets with the British, German and US ones. He is currently Vice-Rector in charge of Prospective and Finance at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Victoria Reed  
Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Victoria Reed

Victoria S. Reed was named the Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in July 2010. In this role, she is responsible for the research and documentation of the provenance of the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, the review of potential acquisitions and loans, and the development of due diligence policies and practice throughout the curatorial division. Reed has lectured widely and published extensively on matters related to provenance research. Recent articles include “Frans Hals, Hitler, and the Lilienfeld Collection: A Case Study of Expropriation in Austria,” in the Journal of the History of Collections (2018) and “How should museums respond to art smuggling scandals?” in Apollo online (2017).

Inge Reist
Director Emerita of the Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library, The Frick Collection. 

Inge ReistInge Reist received her Ph.D from Columbia University, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture and writing her dissertation on “Renaissance Harmony: The Villa Barbaro at Maser.” She has taught at Columbia and Rutgers Universities as well as at Hunter College and has published widely both on Italian art and on the History of Collecting. She held a three-year pre-doctoral fellowship at The Frick Collection from 1980 to 1983 and, since 1984 she has been at Frick Art Reference Library as head of the Photoarchive, Chief of Research Collections and Programs. Since 2007, as Director of the Center for the History of Collecting, Reist has edited or co-edited multiple volumes on the history of collecting, including Collecting Spanish Art: Spain's Golden Age and America's Gilded Age (with José Luis Colomer, 2012); Provenance: An Alternate History of Art (with G. Feigenbaum, 2013); British Models of Art Collecting and the American Response (2014); A Market for Merchant Princes: Collecting Italian Renaissance Paintings in America (2015); and El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master (José Luis Colomer, 2017).

Lynn Rother

Lynn RotherDr. Lynn Rother is Senior Provenance Specialist at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Previously, she was a research specialist on World War II-era provenance at the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, which oversees most of the museums in Berlin. She delivered expert opinions on major restitution claims and her research led her to archival collections around the world. A former Fellow of The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and of the German Historical Institute in Moscow, she has a Master’s degree in art history, economics and law from the University of Leipzig and a Ph.D. in art history from the Technical University of Berlin. In 2017, she published her doctoral thesis on the use of art as collateral during the Nazi-era to great critical acclaim in Germany and is currently working on the English translation.

Carol Clark
Conference Moderator, The William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor Emerita of the History of Art and American Studies at Amherst College

Professor Clark holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Art Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University and earned an M.A. in the History of Art and an A.B., with distinction, in History, from the University of Michigan.

Her most recent book, published in conjunction with a 2010 exhibition she organized for the Denver Art Museum, Charles Deas and 1840s America, won awards from the College Art Association and the Western History Association. She’s currently at work on early twentieth-century monumental and tabletop bronze sculptures by four key American women sculptors.

John Friedman  

John S. Friedman is a filmmaker, author, journalist, and professor. Among other films, he produced Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, which won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. He co-directed and co-produced Stealing the Fire, about the nuclear weapons underground, which was the centerpiece at the 2002 Human Rights Watch Film Festival and was chosen among the top ten documentaries of the year by the International Documentary Association. He is currently producing Restitution: Art and Memory, a feature length documentary.

Friedman is an associate professor of American Studies/Media and Communications at the State University of New York at Old Westbury.

Image Sources: 1. Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer - , 2. Aleksander Gierymski - Google Cultural Institute, Wikimedia Commons 3. Gustav Klimt -Neue Galerie New York, Wikimedia Commons