Pieter van Huystee Film


With the support of
The Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO Fund

Running time
91 minutes


Country of origin

Script and director
Ditteke Mensink

Hans Dortmans, Ditteke Mensink

 Gregor Meerman NSC


Tim van Peppen & Menno Euwe

Jelle Redeker

Sound design
Mark Glynne & Tom Bijnen

Paul M. van Brugge DFC

Data Handler
Watse Eisma

Line producers
Lotte Gerding, Zoë de Wilde

Commissioning editor NTR
Oscar van der Kroon

Release date
November 19, 2016

Trix van Alphen - The Publicity Company
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Zoë de Wilde, Lysander Wiering - Pieter van Huystee Film
T: 0031 (0)20 421 0606


The Claim, Stolen Art from WWII

 The Dutch Restitutions Committee investigates the claims of Dutch Holocaust survivors on art treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Museums and private individuals still regularly discover artworks of dubious origin, and trace the rightful owners. To come to a solution for the claim, the Restitutions Committee advises these claimants and museums, and the latter are not always eager to relinquish their artworks.

The film follows two claimants, one of whom is Lion Tokkie. Now in his sixties, he is searching for information that will support his claim on Isaac Israels’s painting Children on the Beach, which is currently hanging in a museum in Arnhem. But Israels painted several similar scenes, so if all you have are your father’s childhood memories, how can you prove that it is precisely the same painting that hung above your grandfather’s sideboard?
As a child Mrs. Hamburger fled to the United States, where she still lives. She is hoping to recover two 17th-century portraits currently exhibited in Roosendaal City Hall.