Eva Braun Descendant Demands Heirlooms From Munich Museum

A distant relative requests that all possessions that once belonged to Adolf Hitler's wife are returned.

Britta Schultejans
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Undated photo of Adolf Hitler and his then girlfriend Eva Braun posing on the terrace of the Berghof, Berchtesgeden, Germany.Credit: AP
Britta Schultejans

DPA - A distant relative of Eva Braun has demanded that Munich's leading art museum return items that once belonged to the wife of Nazi-era dictator Adolf Hitler.

Munich's three Pinakothek art museums confirmed late Tuesday that they had been approached by the descendant, who said their holdings included a diamond watch that Hitler had given to Braun as a gift and the painting Mountain Landscape on the Spanish Coast, a possession of Braun's that was handed over to authorities after World War II.

The painting is included in the Lost Art online archive because it has not yet been ruled out that it was expropriated from its owners during the Nazi's purge of Jewish residents and culture.

The Bavarian State Picture Collection, which oversees the artwork displayed in the museums, contains a number of items confiscated from Nazi leaders at the end of the war, including sculptures, artwork, jewelry and a golden champagne cup once owned by Hermann Goering, the highest-ranking member of the Nazi party to face trial after the war.

Braun committed suicide with Hitler in Berlin as Russian forces advanced upon the city in the war's final days. In 1949, she was posthumously confirmed as an incriminated person for her ties to the regime. Any property of her was impounded, as it was found she owed it all to her relationship with Hitler.