Well not exactly a guide to Woman in Gold. However, Yom Hashoah is around the corner and Woman in Gold is a Holocaust related film. You may or may not know that the film highlights the (actual) restitution case of Klimt paintings owned by the Bloch-Bauer family undertaken by lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg. The “Woman in Gold” is the “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.”
Did you know that E. Randol Schoenberg (Randy) has a blog and has blogged a little bit about the background of this case as well as other Holocaust art restitution cases? These could be interesting as a reading assignment or additional resources for a high school Holocaust education course or for general background resources for Holocaust education and Holocaust art restitution.
Schoenberg has also compiled a number of videos on Youtube related to Maria Altmann and the Klimt paintings, including the portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I. You can go to them on Youtube, but I have also embedded them below starting with Schoenberg’s depositions of Altmann.
If you are in the Los Angeles area you may also want to visit the LA museum of the Holocaust, where Schoenberg is president of the board.
I have not yet seen the movie, but I have seen the painting and know the lawyer. There is a friends and family relationship here. I always try to disclose relationships, but I don’t like to elaborate on them (unless they are extremely obvious), since I personally like to have some privacy on the web.