Maria Altmann (February 18, 1916 – February 7, 2011) was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, noted for her ultimately successful legal campaign to reclaim five family-owned paintings by the artist Gustav Klimt, stolen by the Nazis during World War II. During the war, her opera singer husband Frederick (“Fritz”) bought his way out of Dachau concentration camp and the couple fled via the Netherlands and Liverpool to Los Angeles and became US citizens in 1942.

Maria Altmann (February 18, 1916 – February 7, 2011) was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, noted for her ultimately successful legal campaign to reclaim five family-owned paintings by the artist Gustav Klimt, stolen by the Nazis during World War II. During the war, her opera singer husband Frederick (“Fritz”) bought his way out of Dachau concentration camp and the couple fled via the Netherlands and Liverpool to Los Angeles and became US citizens in 1942.

Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann whose Klimt painting was stolen by the Nazis | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.uk

Helen Mirren in BBC Nazi art theft drama: Maria Altman's quest to get her family art back

Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann whose Klimt painting was stolen by the Nazis | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.uk

Helen Mirren, Maria Altmann, Klimt, painting, Nazis, Jaymi McCann

Helen Mirren in BBC Nazi art theft drama: Maria Altman's quest to get her family art back

Helen Mirren, Maria Altmann, Klimt, painting, Nazis, Jaymi McCann

Maria Altmann, portrayed by Helen Mirren in the Woman in Gold movie also starring Ryan Reynolds. Read 'Woman in Gold: History vs. Hollywood' - http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/woman-in-gold/

Maria Altmann, portrayed by Helen Mirren in the Woman in Gold movie also starring Ryan Reynolds. Read 'Woman in Gold: History vs. Hollywood' - http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/woman-in-gold/

Maria Altmann as a young bride in Vienna 1938                                                                                                                                                     More

Maria Altmann as a young bride in Vienna 1938 More

Maria Altmann's aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, circa 1910. www.biography.com

Maria Altmann's aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, circa 1910. www.biography.com

Helen Mirren will play real-life Jewish WWII survivor Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian government over Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family, in a new film Woman in Gold. #Austria #Jewish #WorldWarII #GustavKlimt #Nazi #paintings #Holocaust

The Monuments Woman? Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds to fight for WWII loot in ‘Woman in Gold’

Helen Mirren will play real-life Jewish WWII survivor Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian government over Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family, in a new film Woman in Gold. #Austria #Jewish #WorldWarII #GustavKlimt #Nazi #paintings #Holocaust

Who Was Maria Altmann? The Real Story Behind 'Woman in Gold' - Biography.com

Who Was Maria Altmann? The Real Story Behind 'Woman in Gold' - Biography.com

April 14 2005 Maria Altmann stands next to a print of a to recovered Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis.

April 14 2005 Maria Altmann stands next to a print of a to recovered Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis.

Maria Altmann, with son Peter, holds a print of "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer." Maria Altmann, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a newlywed and returned to wage a triumphant fight to recover Gustav Klimt's iconic gold portrait of her remarkable aunt, has died. She was 94.

Maria Altmann: Maria Altmann, 94, dies after winning return of painting seized by Nazis

Maria Altmann, with son Peter, holds a print of "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer." Maria Altmann, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a newlywed and returned to wage a triumphant fight to recover Gustav Klimt's iconic gold portrait of her remarkable aunt, has died. She was 94.

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