Attorney Details Plundered Art's Journey to OU

May 12, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Representatives of a French woman who claim she is the rightful heir to a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II are testifying to Oklahoma lawmakers that she deserves to have the painting returned.

The son of Leone Meyer and an attorney for the woman both testified Monday before the House Government Modernization and Accountability Committee.

Attorney Pierre Ciric presented lawmakers with a detailed account of how the painting was plundered from a French bank during the Nazi occupation in World War II.

Leone Meyer has sued the University of Oklahoma in an attempt to retrieve the painting, which was among more than 30 pieces of artwork donated to the university by Clara Weitzenhoffer when she died in 2000.