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The return of the child Didi, stolen by the Nazis


DECRYPTION - Due to the artist Chana Orloff, the sculpture representing her son was returned after fifteen years of negotiations.

“In the eyes of the Nazis, so-called degenerate art had to be destroyed, and our grandmother believed, all her life, that this was what had happened to her sculptures”, says Ariane Tamir today

and Éric Justman, his grandchildren, who took fifteen years to recover Didi, their father.

In July 1942, Alexis Rudier, the founder of Chana, burst into the Villa Seurat workshop.

He had heard of an imminent raid.

The artist leaves with her son, leaving everything behind.

On March 4, 1943, a Wehrmacht truck completely emptied the workshop.

Life resumes, then Chana Orloff dies in December 1968.

“Fifty years later, we are contacted by a person doing research on the child, in order to sell him.

We fell out of our chairs,”

they say.

The two heirs then send a file to the FBI and to the auction house - whose name they will keep silent - proving that this sculpture was stolen.

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"Emotional Shock"

The latter is added to the object database…

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Source: lefigaro

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