Records show 10,000 unreturned Nazi-looted artworks

19 Oct 2010 7:46 AM | Anonymous

 Records show 10,000 unreturned Nazi-looted artworks

By Mike Collett-White

LONDON | Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:54pm EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - A new online database recording more than 20,000 works of art looted by the Nazis from Jews in France and Belgium during World War Two shows that at least half have yet to be returned to their original owners.

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.

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