J. Eric Bartko
Director of Investigations
Bartko, Zankel, Bunzel & Miller
J. Eric Bartko manages the Mosse Art Restitution Project (MARP), as well as other investigations on behalf of BZBM. Since 2011, MARP has undertaken to identify, locate and restitute the Mosse Family Art Collection, looted by the Third Reich in 1933. To date, this project has entailed physical investigative work, the use of U. S. and German diplomatic contacts to apply political pressure, and individual negotiations with current holders of Mosse Family Art. The Project requires Mr. Bartko to manage the global knowledge and direction of the Project, and has required the direction of Dutch and Polish law firms as well as maintaining an ongoing and effective relationship with counsel in Berlin, Germany. The effective management of the Project has resulted in a general interest in its success by the German Government. A Co-operative Project with Freie Universität and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz is in its third year of funding by the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste and has identified several paintings in the U.S., Switzerland, Israel, Austria, and Germany.
Mr. Bartko works closely with Mr. Roger Strauch, of The Mosse Foundation, the sponsor of MARP, and provides regular oversight to the Project’s German counsel, Raue LLP. To date, the Project has successfully restituted items from, and developed ongoing relationships with multiple German Museums, in particular the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK). The Project has also successfully restituted artifacts and artworks from Switzerland, Austria, and Israel.
J. Eric Bartko is supervised by John J. Bartko in matters of Law related to the Project.