Returning the Spoils of World War II, Taken by Our Side

05 May 2015 2:21 PM | Anonymous

Returning the Spoils of World War II, Taken by Our Side

By TOM MASHBERG MAY 5, 2015

As the Allies stormed through Germany in 1945, museum officials in Dessau scurried to hide their art treasures in a nearby salt mine, where they would soon be discovered by American soldiers.

Much of the art was preserved, but three paintings by old masters somehow ended up in a poker game won by an American tank commander, Maj. William S. Oftebro, who quietly mailed them home.

For the past seven decades, they have been with his family, most recently on the wall of his widow’s room in an assisted living center in Texas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/arts/design/returning-the-spoils-of-world-war-ii-taken-by-our-side.html