I have contacted INTERPOL and UNESCO about the Habsburg Pianting at the Schnitzer. I will be sending this blog to Jill Hartz, the Executive Director. I sent an e-mail to Cheyrl Hartup, and got no response. I had several telephone conversation with Alexandra V. Cipolle-Notman of the Eugene Weekly. We exchanged e-mails about our meeting place. She never got back to me, and has not replied to further e-mails from me. She asked me on the phone if I tried contacting the Habsburgs. I told her I had not. I do not trust her. Why should I? All my correspondence is copyrighted, along with the contents of my blog. A real crime may have been committed. This is not the time to play games.
Below is an e-mail I sent Stefan Eins in September of 2013 about this Habsburg painting a famous artist from Austria. Jospeh Swobb said he would forward my information to Austrian Consulate. The possible obstruction of a criminal matter of this magnitude, has bid me to be as transparent as possible. Who knows where this will lead?
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I contacted someone at the Austrian Consulate about the Habsburg painting at the Universty of Oregon museum, that I believe belongs to Austria. Just after the war, In Room 318 of the Imperial Hotel in Vienna where the Property Control Branch of the Allied Forces has set up a Reparation Division. Below is part of the correspondence of Susanne Granitsch-Konirsch. She is the daughter of Helene Granitsch who is standing behind Empress Zita and staring out at the intended audience. Thus large unfinished work ended up in a bank vault in Eugene Oregon where it sat for sixteen years. https://rosamondpress.com/2016/11/05/spring-roses-of-nations/
On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 11:27 AM, Alex Notman <email@example.com> wrote:
Thanks for reaching out. I’m going to have to reschedule this for next week. Can we meet Thursday or Friday of next week during working hours?
On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 4:56 PM, John Ambrose <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Oyazi opens at 5PM. How about 5;15? Bring you camera because there is Japanese art on the wall bought sight unseen. A crate was big on. It was full of racoon dogs. I am doing ‘I Covered the Waterfront’ here. Fun!John
So much restoration to do! This is a huge story. I have a big book. I am getting old. I have been considering selling my newspaper. I have no sane and educated heir. How about you being a co-author? A woman’s point of view would be a winner.
Nov 4 at 11:51 PM
Thank you for responding. I first looked into this matter twenty years ago. The story goes Empress Zita gave, or put in the care of Helene Granitsch ‘The Audience’ . Helene is standing just behind the Empress looking at the viewer. She then gave it to a woman named Ansacker in New York. Somehow it ends up in a Bank vault in Eugene Oregon. Sixteen years later it is in the hands of Lynn S. McCready, secretary of ‘Friends of the Museum’. There is no mention of a purchase.
I can not find the article where Helenes’ daughter, Dr. Susanne Granitsch-Konirsch, is selling pieces of bedroom furniture that belonged to Empress Zita that were put in her care until she came back to Austria to reclaim her throne. She wanted to sleep in her bed in Austria once again.
I found letters where Susanne Granitsch-Konirsch and her husband are petitioning the U.S. Forces in Austria for the return of very expensive furniture valued at $15,000 dollars. That is a lot of money for furniture. They had left Austria and become U.S. citizens. They claim Nazi Party Leader, Jospeh Winkler, ended up with their property, as well as Nazi Party Member, Otto Schneider. Is this the famous SS Captain of the Wiking Panzer group? Was he given this property as a reward. He was given the Knights Cross.
Susanne Renate Granitsch was a famous Austrian Artist, kin to Georg Granitsch, a member of the Academic Union and founder of ‘The Neue Freie Presse’ and Ambassador of the Raiffensen Bank.
John Presco a.k.a. John Ambrose
Hi John,Very interesting, will follow up!Stefan917 6050974——– Original Message ——–
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Date: Thu, September 05, 2013 6:31 pm
To: “Stefan.Eins@OneUnoEins.com” <Stefan.Eins@OneUnoEins.com>Hello Stefan;It was good to talk to you. Anyone who champions Chris, is a friend of mine.Here is my phone no. 541 844-1974Here is painting ‘The Last Audience of the Habsburgs’.
Last Audience of the Hapsburgs
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of ArtAssistant Curator June Koehler presents a gallery talk on Artur von Ferraris’ 1918 painting “The Last Audience of the Hapsburgs”.Here is some of my history off my blog. My former wife was married to Thomas Pynchon. She was an artist and part of a Family Dynasty of Artists. My late sister was the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton. An early love, Keith Purvis was Chris’s lover later on. On a bridge in Venice Ca. Is from left to right, myself, Peter Shapiro, Tim O’Connor, Janette, and Keith.In 1967 we lived in a large Victorian with the ‘Loading Zone’ in Oakland. Chris and Peter were also lovers. Peter called two days ago to see how his old friends are doing. Please show this photo to Chris. Two bad biographies were written about my sister, and two bad screenplays, one of them written by my kindred, Carrie Fisher. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is my kindred. Chris Wandel and our mutual friends will be in my autobiography ‘Capturing Beauty’.I believe you are a perfect agent that will bring back Empress Zita to the Motherland. You are known for your ‘Found Art. I see a Grand Entrance and Ball. I would like to see Chris there, in a Austrian Palace, being asked to dance by a Habsburg Prince. Who anc re commission to make a glass slipper.Your friend in Art:Jon Gregory PrescoPresident: Royal Rosamond PressArt repatriation is the return of art or cultural objects, usually referring to ancient or looted art, to their country of origin or former owners (or their heirs). The disputed cultural property items are physical artifacts of a group or society that were taken from another group usually in an act of looting, whether in the context of imperialism, colonialism or war. The contested objects range widely from sculptures and paintings to monuments and human remains.One of the most infamous cases of esurient art plundering in wartime was the Nazi appropriation of art from both public and private holdings throughout Europe and Russia. The looting began before World War II with illegal seizures as part of a systematic persecution of Jews, which was included as a part of Nazi crimes during the Nuremberg Trials.During World War II, Germany plundered 427 museums in the Soviet Union and ravaged or destroyed 1,670 Russian Orthodox churches, 237 Catholic churches and 532 synagogues.The 1970 UNESCO Convention against Illicit Export under the Act to implement the Convention (the Cultural Property Implementation Act) allowed for stolen objects to be seized if there were documentation of it in a museum or institution of a state party and the following agreement in 1972 promoted world cultural and natural heritageThe 1978 UNESCO Convention strengthened existing provisions; the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of illicit Appropriation was established. It consists of 22 members elected by the General Conference of UNESCO to facilitate bilateral negotiations for the restitution of “any cultural property which has a fundamental significance from the point of view of the spiritual values and cultural heritage of the people of a Member State or Associate Member of UNESCO and which has been lost as a result of colonial or foreign occupation or as a result of illicit appropriation”. It was also created to “encourage the necessary research and studies for the establishment of coherent programmes for the constitution of representative collections in countries whose cultural heritage has been dispersed”.UNESCO’s Executive Board and other Organs elected by the General Conference (36C), Intergovernmental Organs and Councils of UNESCO’s InstitutesIntergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Country of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP)Origin: Committee established by the General Conference at its 20th session, in 1978 (20 C/Res. 4/7.6/5). Statutes amended by the General Conference at its 23rd (23 C/Res. 32.1) (1985), 28th (28 C/Res. 22) (1995) and 33rd (33 C/Res.44) (2005) sessions.Mission: To seek ways and means of facilitating bilateral negotiations for the restitution or return of cultural property to its countries of origin; to promote multilateral and bilateral co-operation in this respect; to submit proposals with a view to mediation or conciliation to the Member States concerned; to encourage the necessary research and studies for the establishment of coherent programmes for the constitution of representative collections in countries whose cultural heritage has been dispersed; to foster a public information campaign on the real nature, scale and scope of the problem; to guide the planning and implementation of UNESCO’s programme of activities in the matter; to encourage the establishment or reinforcement of museums or other institutions for the conservation of cultural property and the training of the necessary scientific and technical personnel; to promote exchanges of cultural property in accordance with the Recommendation on the International Exchange of Cultural Property.