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Guide to the Bennett Maric Collection
Bernath Mss 12  
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The collection consists of material, primarily correspondence (mostly outgoing) related to Maric's efforts through international legal action to recover eight paintings stolen from him in Paris during World War II. The paintings were to have been transferred from Paris to Lisbon under the supervision of one Feodor Dobrovic, the Yugoslav chargé d'affaires. Dubrovic later confessed to his role in the theft. Six of the paintings were by Renoir, one was a Pissarro, and one a Corot. In 1957, Maric's paintings were located and turned over to the Yugoslav government and eventually placed in a public museum in Belgrade for safekeeping. Maric then attempted for several years to have them returned, contacting various officials in the American government and others to request their help. Among those whom he contacted were Eleanor Roosevelt and William Douglas.
The following is drawn in part from an obituary that appeared in the Santa Barbara News-Press on October 8, 1989. (See also a letter from Maric's attorney in folder 1/8 of the collection which supplies a number of additional details mainly relating to the legal issues of the theft and recovery of the art works.)
.4 linear feet (1 document box)
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