Visit by Dina Gottliebova
Former Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner Dina Gottliebova visited the Museum in the company of her daughter, her lawyer, and an NBC television crew. She is demanding the return of watercolors of Gypsies that she painted on orders from Dr. Mengele.
The stance of the Museum is unwavering: these works (purchased legally and in good faith in the 1960s as the work of an unknown artist) should remain in the Museum as part of the camp heritage and as documentation of the criminal activities of Dr. Mengele; the author deserves all property rights in them (copyright and royalties). The position taken by the Museum has received the support of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, the Museum Council, and the Auschwitz Preservation Society (see also "News" in the January-June 1999 Bulletin).