The latest effect of Christie's recent sale of jewelrywith links to the Nazis is that the Tel Aviv museum cancels event with Christie’s. The conference was scheduled to take place at the museum.
The meeting that took place in December was the finale of a yearlong series of events that Christie's had planned to commemorate the 25th anniversary of an agreement on the return of art that had been stolen by the Nazis.
However, the museum came under fire for its association with Christie's after the auction house held a sale of jewels with a combined value of $202 million that belonged to a family that had gotten wealthy in part by removing Jews from their houses during the Holocaust.
The jewels in question belonged to a family that had amassed their moneyby removing Jews from their homes.
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The Holocaust Survivors Foundation USA had issued a statement demanding that the museum cancel the event, claiming in the statement that the event would provide "a platform within the Jewish state for Holocaust profiteers to justify their plunder." The Holocaust Survivors Foundation USA had called on the museum to cancel the event.
David Schaecter, the president of the foundation, made these statements to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He stated that there was a "clear conflict of interest" because a top executive at Christie's simultaneously serves on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization that raises money for the museum.
Christie's has refuted claims that there was a conflict of interest and stated that the executive in question did not participate in the planning of the museum event.
Because of the response that it has provoked, the museum announced on Sunday that it would be calling off the event in a statement that was given to the Israel Hayom Daily.
The museum noted in its statement that it has "a longstanding professional relationship with Christie's" and that the December conference would have featured relatives of Holocaust survivors in addition to historians and legal experts.
This information was provided in response to a question about whether or not the museum has such a relationship.
According to the statement, the conference "was planned long before" the contentious sale of jewelry that belonged to the late Heidi Horten.
Horten, who passed away in 2022, was the widow of the late Helmut Horten, a member of the Nazi Party who participated in the "Aryanization" process of stripping Jewish businessowners of their ownership of their companies.