Jerusalem asks Berlin to return stolen Nazi loot to Jewish hands

 

Deputy FM Zeev Elkin urges Germany to donate all Jewish-owned art from a trove discovered in Munich in 2012 to Jewish or Israeli museums if owners or heirs can’t be found.

Jerusalem asks to join German investigation into the discovery of 1,400 works of art seized by the Nazis.

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin has urged Germany to give any Jewish-owned art from a trove discovered in Munich to Jewish or Israeli museums if heirs are not found.

Otto Griebel’s “Kind am Tisch” (“Child at a table”), which was among the more than 1,400 works of art seized by German authorities in a Munich apartment in February 2012 – Photo: AP

He said Israel has requested to join the German investigation into the roughly 1,400 artworks found in the apartment of a reclusive Munich collector last year.

German prosecutors are checking whether up to 590 works were seized by Nazis. Several heirs of Jewish collectors persecuted by the Nazis have already made claim to individual artworks in the collection.

The collector says he inherited the works from his father, an art dealer commissioned by the Nazis.

 

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Elkin said Israel suggested Germany give any Jewish-owned art with no locatable heirs to an institution like the Israel Museum in Jerusalem or a Jewish museum in Germany.

 

View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=13719

 

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