Lost German artworks go to auction in UK

By James Martin, March 26, 2009
Divine decadence: Jazz by Dodo Burgner, painted in 1930

Divine decadence: Jazz by Dodo Burgner, painted in 1930

A collection of artworks by the daughter of a prominent Nazi-era German Jewish political activist, which was found in a trunk in a London attic, is to be auctioned next month.

They are 22 drawings and paintings by Dodo Burgner, most of which may have been published by Ulk magazine, a satirical publication edited by her father, Theodor Wolff. He was an eminent Jewish art critic and editor who founded the German Liberal Democrat Party in 1918.

Clare Durham, of Wiltshire auctioneers, Wooley and Wallis, said: “Dodo came to England in 1936 to escape the Nazis. She is not that well-known as she did not continue her art here and instead raised a family.

“We are not sure whether she passed the collection on to her children but they were discovered in a London attic and bought by a collector.”

Mrs Burgner settled in Finchley where she had two children — one of whom, Thomas Ulric Burgner, became a high-ranking civil servant — with her lawyer husband.

Theodor Wolff died in Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1943.

The artwork is being sold in Salisbury on April 8, and the total collection is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000.

    Last updated: 5:12pm, March 26 2009