Gestapo Owned Viennese Art

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Wilhelm August Rieder (black arrow) among other friends of Franz Schubert at the “Schubertiade”. Drawn by Moritz von Schwind from memory (1868).

I discovered this morning that Dr. Dr. Susanne Konirsch-Granitsch owned a painting of Franz Schubert rendered by his friend Wilhelm August Rieder.  Susanne’s mother is in ‘The Last Audience of the Habsburgs’. I suspect Susanne came to own this painting. Here is an amazing document that catalogues the efforts of the City of Vienna, itself, to return lost art and artifacts to Jewish citizens of this Capitol of European Culture, who had to flee for their lives, leaving works of art behind. The Gestapo owned Susanne’s painting of a famous Composer seen in the images above. From now on I will be contacting my Congressman and Senator to make sure there is a full investigation of how the Schnitzer Museum came to own a work of art that may have been left behind in Vienna when Empress Zita fled from Hitler.

“The Gestapo put the painting in March 1939 when brother of Dr. Susanne Konirsch-Granitsch, RA Dr. Franz Hiller, safe and handed it to the Kunsthistorisches Museum for safekeeping in a vault”

Click to access wien-restitutionsbericht-2003.pdf

Stefan and I had a long talk two weeks ago. His father was NOT a member of the Nazi Party. The Eins family was given a house in Gretsen that once belonged to Jews. His father went into Russian to conquer the Russians. A bullet passed between his heart and lung.  When he came home at the end of World War Two, he took his infant son by his head, and hung him over a balcony, threatening to drop him. After hearing this two months ago, I pondered what was going through Mr. Ein’s mind. I conclude he was very disappointed Hitler lost the war, and, the Super Race Dream that his child represented. This boy became a living reminder, a symbol of utter failure. All hope is gone. The child must die with Hitler. Jews were murdered in Gretsen where Stefan has a permanent exhibit.österreichische-galerie.html

This child grew up to be a gifted artist who offered to help me restore the Last Audience to the Viennese People who are feeling very threatened right now due to Trump saying NATO is obsolete, and Germany can not be trusted. U.S. tanks are massing on the Russian border as I type.  Stefan is a great promoter of Democracy. As a profound coincidence, I found a news article that says Susanne gave a speech titled “Is a Federated States of Europe Possible?” This question was put forth in September of 1940.

Eugene and Springfield are now involved in a International Controversy. Many world leaders are looking to America for a SIGN, a ray of hope, an answer to this question;

“Is your future President a dangerous madman?”

Millions of Europeans want to know if We The People are still their friends. Below is a video of me suggesting our Museum let the Austrian People know – we are their Friends! The University of Oregon Museum – dropped the ball, as did the Eugene Weekly. I think they chose to believe I was mad, because, that was the easiest thing to do. Thank God Artists don’t give up that easily!

Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press


The Rochester group will open the week’s activities with their friendship dinner at 6:45 p. m., Saturday, at the Sagamore Hotel, with Miss Florence M. Kreck-el. president, presiding. Guest ppeaker will be Dr. Suzanne Granitsch Konirsch. Dr. Kc-nirsch is Austrian and an International lawyer. Her topic will be “Is a Federated States of Europe Possible?”

 The Gestapo put the painting in March 1939 when brother of Dr. Susanne Konirsch-Granitsch, RA Dr. Franz Hiller, safe and handed it to the Kunsthistorisches Museum for safekeeping in a vault. Finally RA Dr. Franz Hiller reached but after a long debate the Nazi authorities that the watercolor as his daughter confirmed again at the Family was issued. In November 1958 offered RA Dr. Franz Hiller the August Wilhelm Rieder Watercolor “Franz Schubert “on behalf of people living in the US and at this time for a short time in Vienna was staying Dr. Susanne Konirsch-Granitsch the Historical Muse Vienna to S 67.500, – to the purchase.

After the takeover by the National Socialists in March 1938 Innumerable Austrians, in particular Jews in the sense of the “Nuremberg Racial Laws”, systematically deprived and many of their assets Deprived Art and cultural objects were often without compensation for their owners (“Safeguards”) or had to be removed from their homes during the flight or deportation Owners. On the other hand, Their ability to work and earn money,
To sell items from their possession – often below their value. Also Facilities of the City of Vienna participated in the competition for free Or cheaply offered objects.

The provisions of the post-war period were declared free of charge and free of charge
Legal transactions during the German occupation of Austria were null and void,
“If they were made in the course of his political or economic penetration through the German Reich” (BGBl. 106/1946, §1)

However, provision procedures were often hindered or delayed or occurred
“Exchange transactions”, where export permits against the free
Goods. In other cases again No provision for an application should be made because the persons entitled Any offspring were murdered by the Nazi regime.

To close this moral and legal gap, the Viennese decided
Town council in accordance with a federal law for the museums and collections of the federation, 2 on 29 April 1999, objects of art and culture from the stock of the
City of Vienna to the original owners or their legal successors or the
National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism

What Happened to Habsburg Fortune?

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.


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?

John Presco

Presdient: Royal Rosamond Press Co.

John Ambrose <>

Today at 11:01 AM

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 11:27 AM, Alex Notman <> wrote:

Hi John,

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?



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In Gresten, sixteen Hungarian-Jewish forced laborers—two men, two children, and twelve women—are driven into a water ditch and shot by the;


Wilhelm August Rieder (30 October 1796 – 8 September 1880), was an Austrian painter and draughtsman.

Rieder was born in Oberdöbling, the son of the composer Ambros Rieder (1771–1855). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he first met and befriended Franz Schubert. He subsequently painted a number of Schubert’s portraits. He also painted a number of religious and historical themed works.


Wilhelm August Rieder (black arrow) among other friends of Franz Schubert at the “Schubertiade”. Drawn by Moritz von Schwind from memory (1868).


October 30. 1796


Oberdöbling (today part of 19 Gemeindebezirk Döbling in Vienna ), Austria


September 8. 1880 (83 years)

Place of death

Vienna , Austria




Paint , draw , lithographer

Famous for

Portraits of Franz Schubert

All awards are published, but where a claimant has requested confidentiality, as in this case, the names of the claimants, any relatives of the claimants other than the account owner, and the bank have been redacted.
Information Provided by the Claimants
Claimant [REDACTED 1]

Claimant [REDACTED 1] submitted a claim to the Holocaust Claims Processing Office ( HCPO ), identifying the Account Owner as her paternal great-uncle, Fritz (Bedrich) Heller, who was born on 16 June 1879 in Kovac, Bohemia (today the Czech Republic), and was married to Tine Heller.  Claimant [REDACTED 1] indicated that Fritz Heller, who was Jewish, was an engineer and inventor.  According to Claimant [REDACTED 1], Fritz Heller lived in Prague, Czechoslovakia (today the Czech Republic), Gresten, Austria, and eventually Fribourg, Switzerland.  Claimant [REDACTED 1] did not indicate when her great-uncle moved from Prague to Gresten, but indicated that he was living in Switzerland by 1942.  Claimant [REDACTED 1] further indicated that Fritz and Tine Heller had two daughters, who both died during the 1920s, and that they later adopted another daughter, named [REDACTED].  Moreover, Claimant [REDACTED 1] indicated that Fritz Heller died on 26 April 1960.  Claimant [REDACTED 1] indicated that she was born on 18 September 1941.
Claimant [REDACTED 2]

Claimant [REDACTED 2] submitted an Initial Questionnaire ( IQ ) with the Court in 1999, identifying the Account Owner as his maternal grandfather, Fritz Heller, who was born in 1879 and married to Leotine (Tine) Heller.  Claimant [REDACTED 2] indicated that Fritz Heller, who was Jewish, was the director of, and majority shareholder in, Vitrea spol. s.o.r. Prag., a company in Prague that manufactured glass products.  In a telephone conversation with the CRT on 27 July 2005, Claimant [REDACTED 2] explained that his mother, [REDACTED], née [REDACTED], who was born on 23 March 1921, was adopted by Fritz Heller when she was approximately sixteen years old.  Claimant [REDACTED 2] further indicated that Fritz Heller left Prague in 1938 and went to Austria, where he had a home in Gresten.  In the telephone conversation on 27 July 2005, Claimant [REDACTED 2] stated that Fritz Heller and his wife escaped from Austria to Fribourg in September 1938.   In his IQ, Claimant [REDACTED 2] indicated that this did not occur until 1941. Claimant [REDACTED 2] further indicated that Fritz Heller lived in Fribourg until his death on an unspecified date during the late 1950s.
Claimant [REDACTED 2] submitted forms completed by the Creditanstalt Bankverein in Vienna, Austria, and forwarded to the Gestapo in 1942, indicating that assets held at the Creditanstalt Bankverein by Dip. Ing. ( engineer ) Fritz Heller from Fribourg, who had previously lived in Gresten, were frozen in anticipation of their seizure by the Gestapo; a document from the head of the fiscal authorities in Vienna to the mayor of Gresten, dated 12 October 1944, indicating that they sought information on Gen. Dir. ( general director ) Fritz Heller; and an internal memo from the Gestapo, dated 15 January 1945, indicating that the

inquiry regarding Fritz Heller was forwarded to the security police in Prague.  Claimant [REDACTED 2] indicated that he was born on 4 March 1942.

European leaders grappled with the jolting reality of President-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism of the European Union on Monday, saying they might have to stand without the United States at their side during the Trump presidency.

The possibility of an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations came after Trump – who embraced anti-E.U. insurgents during his campaign and following his victory — said in weekend remarks that the 28-nation European Union was bound for breakup and that he was indifferent to its fate. He also said NATO’s current configuration was “obsolete” even as he professed commitment to Europe’s defense.

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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Our President attacked and insulted European leaders, just like Hitler did.

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