On Friday September 23, at the town hall of Audierne (29), took place a ceremony of deposit of two tables returned by the family of Max Müller. This German soldier had brought back to Germany, very probably during a leave, two paintings by the painter Lionel Floch (1895-1972).
Since then, things have moved very quickly because the Ministry of Culture has just announced that “the research, carried out jointly by the Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation (CIVS) and the Mission for Research and Restitution of Cultural Property looted between 1933 and 1945, made it possible to identify the looted person. Floch’s works had been stolen from him at Audierne by German troops. Genealogical research is underway to identify the rightful claimants and proceed with the restitution”.
The villa where the theft took place identified
Michel Van Praët, Deputy for Culture at Audierne, specifies: “Without disseminating details, so as not to disturb the procedures in progress, I can tell you that I was able to specify at the same time the place where the garrison of Sergeant Müller resided in Audierne , as well as the villa where the theft took place, and has a photo of this villa occupied by the command post of his regiment, where we see the flag of the Wehrmacht and the orderlies. Finally, there is a plan drawn up by the Resistance for the allies, locating the various requisitioned dwellings and military installations in this district of Audierne”.
This episode should therefore find a conclusion, 80 years after the paintings passed across the Rhine.
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