Feuer, Adella

Adella Feuer


1 February 1903 Aachen – 28 February 1979 Florida, USA

also Adele Feuer; née Taubmann; other names: Herlinger (early 1940s), Ada Imberman (from 1947)

Adella Taubmann arrived in Vienna in the 1920s, where she married the businessman Max Feuer in 1927, divorcing him in 1934. A few years later, after the annexation of Austria to the German Reich, she was preparing her escape from Nazi persecution as a Jew and sought permission from the Zentralstelle für Denkmalschutz (Central Monument Protection Authority) to export her artworks – oil paintings, pastels, watercolours and prints. She sold one drawing by an anonymous artist that was not approved for export to the Albertina. She was registered as having left for the USA in April 1939. Together with her partner Hermann Herlinger, however, she only got as far as Milan. The couple were interned in Italy – Feuer in the women's camp in Pollenza, Herlinger in Fossoli transit camp – and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in April 1944 to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Herlinger perished. After her liberation from Malchow, a satellite camp of Ravensbrück, Feuer returned initially to Italy and emigrated in 1947 to her brother Jakob in the USA, where she took her mother's maiden name and became Ada Imberman.

In March 2013, the Art Restitution Advisory Board recommended the restitution from the Albertina of the drawing by the anonymous artist. The Jewish Community Vienna was able to establish a nephew and a niece of Adella as the rightful heirs. The nephew, who now lives in Ohio, renounced his share in favour of his sister, who lives in New York - she, in turn, decided to donate the drawing to the Jewish Museum in Vienna (JMW) to commemorate the Jewish population expelled from Vienna and to provide an opportunity for education, research and learning. The restitution of the work and subsequent donation took place in January 2022.

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Beschluss des Kunstrückgabebeirats, Adella Feuer, 8.3.2013, URL: www.provenienzforschung.gv.at/beiratsbeschluesse/Feuer_Adella_2013-03-08.pdf (3.12.2020).

Julia Eßl, Case study: Adella Feuer and the "Viennese Mayor", in: Newsletter Nr. 11 des Network of European Restitution Committees on Nazi-Looted Art, Oktober 2021, 10–13.


Archivio centrale dello Stato Roma, ACS, MI, DGPS, AGR, A4bis (Foreign inmates), envelope 160, file Herlinger Hermann.

BDA-Ausfuhr, Zl. 1440/1939, 1792/1939, Adella Feuer.

ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen, 459229,, Liste über die in Gemeinden der Provinz Macerata (Italien) internierten Personen, 22.8.1943.
ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen, 461595,, Jews reported save after liberation in various camps, 31. August 1945.
ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen, 466966,, Karteikarte Hermann Herlinger.
ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen, 78781629,, List of Jews who were registered in Milan/Italy.
ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen, 86894288,, Korrespondenzakte zu Hermann Herlinger.

State of Florida, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, 79-012449, Ada Imberman.

WStLA, Landesgericht Wien, Todeserklärung Hermann Herlinger, Zl. 48 T/707/65.
WStLA, Opferfürsorgeakt Ada Imberman, Zl. 5624/57.
WStLA, Historische Wiener Meldeunterlagen, Meldeauskunft Adella Feuer und Hermann Herlinger.
WStLA, Verlassenschaftsakt Hermann Herlinger, GZ. 4A 573/65.