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          8-14 Iyar, 5778                                               April 24-30, 2018 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES --  606th Web Ed.



NEW YORK JUDGE AWARDS EGON SCHIELE ART TO HOLOCAUST HEIRS





















The act extended the statute of limitations for making claims on Nazi-stolen art to six years after its "actual discovery". Raymond Dowd, a lawyer for the Grunbaum heirs - Timothy Reif, David Fraenkel and Milos Vavra - argued that the lost works were not discovered by his clients until they noticed they were up for sale at the art fair.

After the ruling, Mr Dowd praised the decision for moving "a step closer" to recovering art taken in "the largest mass theft in history".

The case follows a failed attempt by Milos Vavra and Mr Dowd in 2005 to win restitution for another Schiele drawing from Grunbaum's collection.

The court in that case ruled in favour of Boston businessman who owned the work, on the grounds that too much time had passed since the heirs had made their claim. –BBCi




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ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 'LONG LIST' FOR GIRO D'ITALIA, INCLUDING 3 ISRAELIS

 
Israel Cycling Academy has selected its rising young talent Krists Neilands as the first confirmed rider for the historic Giro d’Italia, along with Ben Hermans and Rubén Plaza. Three Israelis are also candidates for the five undecided spots in the final lineup.
 
The decision to select Latvian national champion Neilands is seen by the team’s hierarchy as both a sound decision and a symbolic one.
 
Carlström is impressed with Neilands’ recent progress. Peloton veteran Rubén Plaza and climber Ben Hermans have also been confirmed as part of the final eight-man Giro roster. There are now a dozen riders on the long list contending the five remaining spots. “We need to have a look at what our sprinters can do. They’ve had a rough start to the season,” Carlström admits.
 
With the Giro opening in Jerusalem, there is much speculation about which of the Israeli riders will earn a place. Roy Goldstein (24), Guy Niv (24), and Guy Sagiv (23) are the three Israelis vying for selection. Carlström says that any Israeli selected must “have the same spirit: we are a team, helping each other. We want to be on the attack. We start in Israel but we finish in Italy. On top of being able to help the team and maybe being in a breakaway, he has to be able to make it through the whole Giro with the team. I’m sure he can do it.”
 
The ICA will select the last five riders in late April after a two-week altitude camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain and after competing in the Amstel Gold, Tour of Croatia, and Tour of the Alps races.
 
While Neilands is understandably nervous about his Grand Tour debut, he jokes that he has a solid preparation plan. “Potato power helps me all the time. Just have some potatoes before the race and go for it full gas!”
 
Israel Cycling Academy riders on the Giro long list: Edwin Avila (Colombia); Guillaume Boivin (Canada); Zak Dempster (Australia); Nathan Earle (Australia); Sondre Holst Enger (Norway); Roy Goldstein (Israel); August Jensen (Norway); Guy Niv (Israel); Guy Sagiv (Israel); Kristian Sbaragli (Italy); Daniel Turek (Czech Republic); Dennis van Winden (Netherlands); Israel Cycling Academy riders confirmed for the Giro: Ben Hermans (Belgium); Krists Neilands (Latvia); Rubén Plaza (Spain).

WORK BEGINS ON STATUE OF BRITISH SPY WHO SAVED JEWS













A sculptor has started work on a statue of a war hero who helped an estimated 10,000 Jews escape Nazi Germany.

MI6 agent Frank Foley worked undercover for British Intelligence as a passport control officer in Berlin.

He used his position to provide papers to help Jewish people flee to Britain.

The life-size bronze statue is being funded by a government grant and will be placed in Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge, in the West Midlands, next summer.


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