10,000 Nazi-plundered artworks still unreturned

Published on October 28th, 2010 | by Admin

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A new online database of 20,000 works of art seized by the Nazis show that half of them have yet to be returned.

The database, a joint project between the U.S.-based Claims Conference and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is based on records the Nazis produced in Paris, and is designed to help families search for art they believe may have been seized.

“This is probably the most famous of the (Nazi) looting, and was done in Paris,” said Wesley Fisher, director of research at the Claims Conference.

“The general assumption is that most of these things have been returned, but it turns out not to be true,” he told Reuters.

The organization, which seeks to return art stolen by the Nazis to its original owners, advised museums, art dealers, auction houses and affected families to consult the listing.

The database includes unrestituted works by artists including Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne, whose paintings can fetch millions of dollars at auction.

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2 Responses to 10,000 Nazi-plundered artworks still unreturned

  1. Hels says:

    This is a topic I come back to often. It is amazing to me that the GRANDchildren of the people who died in the gas chambers are now themselves in their 60s and still don’t have their grandparents’ treasures.

    But no European nation will return objects to a joint project between the U.S.-based Claims Conference and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It has nothing to do with the Americans who will be seen to have a vested interest of their own. It is a United Nations responsibility.

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