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Heirs of owner of 'The Scream' want museum to add painting's past in display

The heirs of a German-Jewish banker who claim the painting "The Scream" was looted from him by the Nazis want a New York museum to explain its history in its new display. The 1895 work by Edvard Munch is set to go on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the New York Post reported. New York billionaire Leon Black purchased the painting last spring at a Sotheby's auction for nearly $120 million. Hugo Simon owned the painting in the 1920s and 1930s, but the banker and top art collector was to forced sell it and flee Germany after the Nazis came to power in 1933. His heirs contested the sale before the auction, but now say it is a moral issue and are calling on MoMA to explain in its display the painting's "tragic history," the Post reported, citing Rafael Cardoso, a Brazilian curator and Simon's great-grandson. (JTA )

German director to visit Israel for screening of Hannah Arendt film

German actress, director and screenwriter Margarethe von Trotta ("The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum" ) will come to Israel next month as a guest of the International Women's Film Festival in Rehovot, where her new film "Hannah Arendt" will be screened. The movie, which was filmed partly in Israel, focuses on the period when the philosopher and political theorist was in Jerusalem to write about the Eichmann trial for The New Yorker. Those articles were turned into the controversial book "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil." (Nirit Anderman )

Peres honors Zubin Mehta

President Shimon Peres has recognized Indian-born conductor Zubin Mehta for his contributions to Israeli society. Mehta, music director for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, on Monday received Israel's Presidential Medal of Distinction. Other winners have included Henry Kissinger. Mehta has been the philharmonic's director since 1977. He was also the longest-serving director of the New York Philharmonic. In 2009, he started a music education program, Mifneh, for Israel's Arab citizens. Mehta said at Monday's ceremony at the President's Residence in Jerusalem that "if you can sing together, you can live together." Peres praised Mehta for his message of peace: "You harmonized us," he said . (AP )

Mehta, left, and Peres on Monday.Credit: AFP