Award for Restitution Story
Stolen Silver: Nazi Plunder and the Unfinished Quest for Restitution, a story I wrote for B’nai B’rith magazine about another kind of restitution, won the Simon Rockower “Boris Smolar Award for Excellence in Enterprise or Investigative Reporting.”
The article is about the valiant efforts of Dr. Matthias Weniger, Curator and Head of Provenance Research at the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, to restitute silver stolen by the Nazis from Jews in Germany and Austria in 1939. He has doggedly researched the fate of the former owners of these objects, and tracked down descendants and heirs.
For Dr. Weniger, the mission to return these silver items to the families has become personal. “It’s very late, but better to do this now than never,” he told me. “It’s been satisfying for me to do something to heal some wounds after such a long time.