RENOWNED ATTORNEY DON BURRIS To Give In-depth Look at Historical Art Restitution Case
March 10, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum is excited to present an evening with one of the attorneys who successfully argued the Woman in Gold legal case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Don Burris was the senior attorney in the case, later featured in the 2015 film Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren. These proceedings made headlines during the 1980’s when Maria Altman claimed that the Austrian government had stolen six Gustav Klimt paintings from her family when they were forced to flee during the Nazi annexation of Austria. Included in the paintings was the portrait of her aunt, referred to as the “Woman in Gold.” After the war, the Austrian government contended that the six Klimt paintings had been willed to the federal art museum, the Galerie Belvedere, a claim proved to be untrue. In 1999, Altmann began her legal battle to have the painting returned to her family. Her suit resulted in the 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Altmann V. Republic of Austria.
For the past fourteen years, Mr. Burris has devoted his career to the pursuit of art works and other assets stolen by the Nazi authorities before and during World War II. On April 7 at The FHM, Mr. Burris will discuss his work as co-counsel on the “Woman in Gold” case in a lecture entitled “Triumph from Tragedy: Restitution of Stolen Cultural Property.” This talk will also include other art restitution cases in which he has been involved.
This event is presented by The FHM’s Lawyers of Conscience, underwritten by The Barry A. Cohen Legal Team, and will take place on Thursday, April 7th at 5:30 pm at The FHM. The cost to attend is a minimum donation of $25.00 with reservations required. The lecture will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, along with the unique opportunity to hear Don Burris speak about this historical case and answer questions posed by members of the audience. To make your reservation, please call (727) 820-0100 x301 or register online by clicking here.
Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I (also known as The Woman in Gold).
Gustav Klimt, 1907. Oil, silver, and gold on canvas.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. The FHM played a critical role in shaping legislation that in 1994 made Florida one of the first states in the nation to mandate Holocaust education in the public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In a collaboration effort between The FHM and the Pinellas County School System, guidelines were developed for K-12 teachers with grade-appropriate instructional goals and bibliography for teaching the Holocaust. These guidelines are used by teachers throughout the nation as well as in Florida. The FHM’s renowned Teaching Trunk program sends trunks filled with grade-appropriate, dynamic literature and art-based lessons about the Holocaust, genocide and character education free of charge to classrooms throughout Florida and the continental United States. The FHM-created lesson plans and educational guides on the Holocaust and other genocides can also be found at TheFHM.org.