Research on Property belonging to the Hagen Family
Facts & Files was commissioned by the Hagen family to conduct research on property which was looted due to persecution after 1933.
The Hagen Family owned the banking house Hagen & Co. in Berlin, Germany. Carl Hagen (1856-1938), the founder of the bank and his son Louis Hagen (1888-1977), were members of supervisory boards of several companies. The bank Hagen & Co. was specialized to industrial financing, for instance it was the leading bank of the capital increase of the Bayerische Motorenwerke AG.
Together with other Berlin entrepreneurs Carl Hagen donated paintings by impressionists’ artist to the Berlin National Gallery between 1904 and 1907.
Carl Hagen purchased a house in the Berlin part of Tiergarten in 1894. For the summer he bought a mansion named “Carlshagen“ in Potsdam.
When the Anti-Jewish laws were enacted the bank house was forced into liquidation by January 1, 1938. Carl Hagen died on January 30, 1938. His children were trying to escape from Germany.
The property of the family was sold by force or was confiscated; among the assets were works of art as well. Some of artworks belonged formerly to collection of the lawyer Dr. Carl Thürling (1887-1955). These artworks were sold under commission by the art dealer Dr. Eduard Plietzsch and the bankier Simonsohn in 1938/39.
The Project in the Media
German TV: "Kontraste", January 16, 2014, 22:15
"NS-Raubkunst: Bayrische Staatsgemäldesammlungen lassen jüdische Erben abblitzen" (Nazi Looted Art: Bavarian State Paintings Collections are rebuffing Jewish Heirs)