Depot of Movables
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  Hugo Breitner
  Viktor Ephrussi
  Wilhelm Goldenberg
  Moritz König
  Oskar Pöller
  Hedwig Schwarz
  Emil Stiaßny
  Paul Weiß


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Wilhelm Goldenberg
born 03.01.1887 in Vienna, died 23.03.1943 in London
Address: Vienna 18., Scheibenbergstraße 27

Wilhelm Goldenberg was a textile wholesaler and a member of the Turkish-Israeli community in Vienna. He had been married to Stefanie Goldenberg (born Engel) since 1919. He, his wife and his son Friedrich Wilhelm Goldenberg, escaped to England via Switzerland. Their registration was cancelled in the registration records with the annotation "unknown abroad on the 14 March 1938". He died in London on 23 March 1943. His son Frederick Gillard lives today in London.

Chronological overview of "Aryanisation", utilisation and restitution

13 June 1938: Wilhelm and Stefanie Goldenberg's villa and real estate in Vienna are "aryanised" by the Gestapo. The Gestapo deposits the furniture with the transport agency Zdenko Dworak in Vienna.

June 1940: By order of the Gestapo, the "Depot of Movables" takes over the furniture from the agency Zdenko Dvorak "for the Austrian Abwicklungsstelle (clearing house)", stores it and enters it in the Inventory. In December, the stock of glass, silver cutlery, china and linen that was still packed in five trunks is put on lists and stored in the Silver Collection of the "Depot of Movables".

August 1941: 85 books are handed over to the Nationalbibliothek.

1947-1953: By 1947, the widow Stefanie Goldenberg and the son Frederick Gillard, apply from London for restitution against the Schmid family who, in 1941, bought the house from the German Reich as a confiscated property. However, although they are indeed granted the house in 1947/48, the procedure still drags on over years. They finally sell the house in 1953. They do not know that the furniture is stored in the "Depot of Movables".

1957: Isidor Baumann mistakenly claims the furniture, believing it belongs to him.

October 1969: The objects that have been stored in the Silver Collection without being put in the Inventory are sold by auction at the Dorotheum in Vienna for the "Collection Points A and B for the benefit of political or racial victims". In 1969 the Finanzlandesdirektion determined that the objects had actually belonged to the collection points since 1956, because the legal successors had not claimed for restitution in time. The current address of the family is known to the Finanzlandesdirektion.

1999/2000: As the search for the heirs goes on, Wilhelm Goldenberg's son, Frederick Gillard, can be contacted in London. The objects that are still available can be returned at the end 1999/beginning of 2000.


Taken from the 'aryanised' apartment of Wilhelm Goldenberg

Returned to the heirs in 2000

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