FRENCH GOVERNMENT RETURNS NAZI-LOOTED PAINTING

Mar 16, 2021

By Christine Ross

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More than 80 years after the Nazis stole it from a Jewish family in Austria, the French government is going to return a painting by Gustav Klimt to its rightful owners.

The 1905 oil painting Rosebushes Under the Trees has been hanging in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris for decades.

The French culture minister says returning it to the family of Holocaust victim Nora Stiasny show’s his government’s commitment to the duty of justice and reparation.

Thousands of artworks looted by the Nazis across Europe ended up in French museums after the allies defeated Nazi Germany in 1945. Though many have been returned, French authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to find homes for the scores that remain unclaimed.

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