Jewish art collector’s heirs praise deal to recover painting seized in WWII
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Jewish art collector’s heirs praise deal to recover painting seized in WWII

Descendants of Anna Jaffe hoping to soon receive Constable's 'Dedham from Langham,' which was taken by France's pro-Nazi regime

A handout image of the John Constable painting "Dedham from Langham," which was seized from the art collection of a Jewish woman by France’s pro-Nazi regime in World War II.  (Pierre Bohrer/Musee des beaux-arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds via AP)
A handout image of the John Constable painting "Dedham from Langham," which was seized from the art collection of a Jewish woman by France’s pro-Nazi regime in World War II. (Pierre Bohrer/Musee des beaux-arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds via AP)

GENEVA — The Geneva lawyer for the heirs of a Jewish woman whose art collection was seized by France’s pro-Nazi regime in World War II said they are “absolutely delighted” about a hard-won deal to recover from a Swiss town a 19th-century painting by English master John Constable.

Marc-Andre Renold said Monday that heirs of Anna Jaffe hope to recover “Dedham from Langham” later this month, after officials in La Chaux-de-Fonds last week approved the handover from the town’s fine arts museum.

The arrangement follows a commitment of 80,000 euros (about $94,000) from France’s reparations fund for victims of anti-Semitic laws under the pro-Nazi Vichy government.

The painting, said to be worth around 1 million Swiss francs (about $1 million), was confiscated from Jaffe’s home after she died aged 90 in 1942.

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