A Guide to Woman in Gold

A Guide to Woman in Gold, based on the art restitution case of Maria Altmann , the niece of Adele Bloch Bauer, who is in the Klimt painting.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.

Maria Altmann Deposition Vol. I, Tape 1

If you are in the Los Angeles area you may also want to visit the LA museum of the Holocaust, where Schoenberg is presidentĀ 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.

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