Missing Rare Print Returned to the Jewish Museum in Prague

17. 1. 2018 Overview news

Measures taken jointly by he Jewish Museum in Prague and the NYC based auction house Kestenbaum & Co.  led to the successful restitution of a rare print dating from 16th century which had been missing from the library collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague. On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in the Auditorium of the Education and Culture Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague, a restitution ceremony took place. Daniel E. Kestenbaum of Kestenbaum & Company, a specialist auction house based in New York City specializing in the sale of Western and Oriental books, manuscripts and fine Judaica, returned to Leo Pavlat, Director of the Jewish Museum in Prague, a rare book printed almost 500 years ago belonging to the Jewish Community of Prague: Mikneh Avram-Peculium Abrae by Abraham de Balmes, printed in Venice in 1523. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) supported the restitution. Dr. Wesley A. Fisher, Head of Claims Conference-WJRO Looted Art participated in the ceremony.


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Left to right: director of the Jewish Museum in Prague Leo Pavlát, Wesley A. Fisher of the Claims Conference , Daniel E. Kestenbaum of Kestenbaum & Company​ 


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