Maria Altmann

Filed successful lawsuit against government of Austria for return of family artwork plundered by the Nazis

Maria Altmann (February 18, 1916 – February 7, 2011) was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria to the United States. She was an art collector. Altmann's family owned five paintings painted by Gustav Klimt. They were stolen by Nazis during World War II. She was successful in getting back those five paintings, which included two portraits of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer.[1]

Altmann was born in Vienna, Austria. She died at age 94.[2]

The movie Woman in Gold is based on Altmann's life.


  1. "Maria Altmann Obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  2. "Maria Altmann Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2014.