• The story of the descendants of Julius Cassirer is in part captured by the saga of the a Pissaro painting , stolen by the Nazis from Friedrich's wife Lilly Dispecker and the subsequent struggle for its return by Claude Cassirer. Julius Cassirer's was the musician Friedrich Leopold Cassirer ("Fritz Cassirer") who married Lilly Dispecker. In typical Cassirer fashion their daughter Eva Cassirer married her cousin Friedrich Wilhelm Cassirer (also known as "Fritz Cassirer) - son of Isidor Cassirer. Their son Claude Cassirer in the later part of his life spent considerable energy on seeking to have restored to him this Pissaro painting "Rue Saint-Honoré après-midi, effet de pluie) which used to hang above the mantlepiece in Claude's grandmother's (Lilly Dispecker's) house. This story is most elegantly recounted by Melissa Müller in a most interesting book.1
Since this particular article is already reproduced on the internet2 and contains much important information for the study of the Cassirer family it is reproduced under the provisions of the copyright act for fair use for purposes of study and research here: Melissa Müller, Lilly and Claude Cassirer: 1876-1962 and b. 1921

1 Melissa Müller and Monika Tatzow (eds), Lost Lives, Lost Art: Jewish Collectors, Nazi Art Theft, and the Quest for Justice, Vendome Press, Nov 2010. For a review see http://www.lootedart.com/OIKR0X618911

2 http://diasporiclivesofobjects2012.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/mucc88ller-m-m-tatzkow-2010-lost-lives-lost-art-jewish-collectors-nazi-art-theft-and-the-quest-for-justice-new-york-the-vendome-press-pp-6-43.pdf

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