“It’s never too late to recognize the fate of those we have lost during the years of the Nazi terror,” said the daughter of August Liebmann Mayer, a prominent German art historian who was robbed of a 17th-century painting in his home in Paris before he was sent to Auschwitz and killed. “I am glad that after more than 70 years, justice is finally being served.”
The painting, Portrait of a Man, from the school of Giovanni Battista Moroni, was repatriated to France at the end of World War II and was held at the Louvre. It was returned to Mayer’s daughter not long ago in a ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City with the help of the Holocaust Claims Processing Office (H.C.P.O.), a unit in the New York State Department of Financial Services’ Consumer Protection and Financial Enforcement Division.