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Jewish Genealogy and the Making of Fioretta
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Attorney E. Randol Schoenberg, known for his role in the recovery of Nazi-looted paintings as portrayed in the 2015 film Woman in Gold, will discuss his lifelong passion for genealogy and the making of his new documentary film Fioretta, which has its West Coast Premiere on Thursday October 19th, 2023 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. In Fioretta, Randy drags his teenage son Joey on a roots trip that ends up tracing his family back 500 years to the beginning of the ghetto in Venice, Italy. Grandson of the famous composer Arnold Schoenberg, Randy is renowned for recovering Nazi-looted art, but his greatest achievement might just be reuniting the fractured and scattered shards of his own family. Tickets for Fioretta on Oct 19th at the Newport Beach Film Festival are available at this LINK.
E. Randol Schoenberg is an American lawyer and genealogist, based in Los Angeles, California, specializing in legal cases related to the recovery of looted or stolen artworks, particularly those by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. Schoenberg is widely known as one of the central figures of the 2015 film Woman in Gold, which depicted the case of Maria Altmann against the government of Austria. Schoenberg is portrayed by Ryan Reynolds. Schoenberg represented Maria Altmann in her suit to obtain five Gustav Klimt paintings from the estate of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer as well as the “Palais”, the Viennese house in which the paintings had been housed. Altmann won her case before the Supreme Court of the United States against the government of Austria in Republic of Austria v. Altmann in 2004. Randy used a portion of his fee from winning the case to fund a new building and expansion of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. He is featured in the documentary films Stealing Klimt and Adele’s Wish, which deal with the events surrounding Altmann’s case against the government of Austria.
CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Beth Israel Congregation (Waterville, ME), Center for Small Town Judaism (Waterville, ME), Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Elkins Park, PA), Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Hull, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Temple Judea of Laguna Woods, CA, Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)