The rights to a cookbook that once stood on bookshelves in half the households of Vienna have been returned to its owners, more than 80 years after it was stolen by the Nazis.
Written in 1935 by Alice Urbach, a Jewish resident of Vienna, the best-selling So Kocht man in Wien! (How to Cook in Vienna!), containing 500 pages of recipes including boiled beef, Wiener schnitzel, apricot dumplings and pastries, was swiped following the Nazis’ 1938 annexation of Austria. As Urbach fled to Britain, her publishers, Ernst Reinhardt of Munich, bowed to the orders of the Nazis, who claimed the cookbook and two others she had written for themselves by “Aryanizing” and republishing it under the name of Rudolf Rösch, whose existence has never been proven.