Update: This giveaway is closed.
Available on July 7th, Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in Woman in Gold, the incredible story of a Jewish refugee who was forced to flee Vienna during World War II, and the paintings that were left behind.
When I saw Woman in Gold early this year, I was spellbound. The film had a poignant intensity about a particular time in history and it’s a story that demanded to be told.
In the film, Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a Viennese-born resident of Los Angeles, who in 1998 battled the Austrian authorities for ownership of the eponymous Klimt painting, stolen from her Jewish family by the Nazis. Altmann had lived in California since fleeing Europe with her husband during World War II when the death of her sister brought documents to light concerning a number of Klimt paintings and other valuables looted by the Nazis from the home of her well-heeled Viennese family.
One of the Klimts had special significance to her. An electric masterwork richly embellished with gold leaf, it depicted her beloved aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, who had lived with the Altmanns until her untimely death from meningitis at age 43, and was virtually a second mother to Maria and her sister. Hanging in the Belvedere Palace since the war, the painting had come to be regarded as Austria’s “Mona Lisa,” while the museum had conveniently buried the paperwork concerning its provenance.
If you want to know who won the case, you must see the film.
I’m giving away:
WOMAN IN GOLD Blu-ray
$50 Visa Gift Card to mark your moments in history
To win, just comment below and tell me a story of a personal hero.
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Winner will be selected randomly. This giveaway will end on Monday, July 13th at 9am EST. Winner will be posted here, on the Culture Mom Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize. Prize pack value: $84.99.
Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post the same prize to facilitate the post. Giveaway is courtesy of WOMAN IN GOLD.