Starting Sunday, visitors to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts will be able to view almost 80 European decorative arts, prints, drawings and rare books that will be on display together for the first since they were stolen by the Nazis in 1938.
They're among 186 objects being donated to the museum by the heirs to Bettina Looram de Rothschild, of the Austrian branch of the Rothschild dynasty, which had a powerful hand in the banking, mining and railroad industries in the 17th century through 20th centuries.
The family also accumulated one of Europe's most impressive art collections, but in 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria and the Rothschilds were dispossessed of their assets by the Third Reich.
It's taken generations to recover the artwork, but Bettina Burr — the daughter of Bettina Looram de Rothschild — is now shepherding this gift to the MFA.
Bettina Burr, an heir of Bettina Looram de Rothschild and vice president of the MFA's board of trustees.
- "The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is receiving a major gift of 186 works seized by Nazi forces in 1938."
- "Heirs donate trove of works after long effort of recovery."
This segment aired on February 24, 2015.