Establishment of the Foundation

The Foundation was created when one of our founders inherited some paintings that, because of their history, she did not want to own. Her father had bought the paintings on the art market between 1933 and 1943. She assumed that the paintings had been the property of Jews who had been forced to emigrate or whose possessions had been expropriated. While the provenance of the paintings remained unclear, it was not unlikely that the original sale of the paintings had been coerced.

In conversations among Jewish and non-Jewish women the idea was developed that the paintings could be sold and the proceeds used to finance personal grants for the descendants of the collectively injured Jews of Germany.

Four of the non-Jewish women, all of them active in the women's movement, established the Foundation in 1994 and furnished it with its principal funds. They consciously decided to award the grants to women.