In 1940 the paintings and drawings from the Sachs’ collection were sequestrated. Among them was the discussed sketch by Menzel. Basing on the agreement singed between Cornelius Müller-Hofstede – the contemporary principal of the Silesian Museum of Fine Arts, and the national-socialist government, the artworks were devolved complimentarily to the museum. The phrase listed in the museum’s register-book says “overtaken free of charge from the Sachs’ Jewish property”. Beyond any doubt a loot of a Jewish property and not a common purchase is meant.
In 1944 the drawing was transferred to Mittelschreiberhau (today Szklarska Poręba Średnia), were it was secured till the end of war. Afterwards it was transferred to the National Museum of Warsaw.
Anna Kozak, Mistrzowie rysunku niemieckiego. Ze zbiorów Muzeum Narodowego w Warszawie, Warszawa 1991, No. 61
- Dr. Hans-Joachim Hinz