Legal questions over Nazi-seized art

11 Nov 2013 11:07 AM | Anonymous

Legal questions over Nazi-seized art

It's a sensational find: In Munich, roughly 1,400 works of art stolen under the Nazis have been discovered, including works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. But to whom do these masterpieces legally belong?

In a black-and-white image from 1937, Hitler and Goebbels visit an art exhibit, where old German script is written on a wall.

They were found stacked up behind piles of expired canned goods and old boxes: paintings of inestimable worth. The case of these works of art will be handled by lawyers, along with museum directors and experts in stolen art called "provenance researchers," all of whom will be at work on theMunich treasure trove.

For everyone involved, the discovery of the 1,400 works stolen by Nazi officials is nothing short of a sensation. In the history of post-war Germany, an art trove of such magnitude has never been found.

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