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Art Restitution: What is missing from the story


Willi A. Korte

The restitution of a looted work of art often leaves us with a limited picture of what the general public and the art and museums worlds should understand about an artwork and who owned it. Obviously, if families had lost works of art during the Nazi era, they should be able to claim them. It would be most unfortunate, however, if all that is remembered about restitution is the claim of the heirs – mostly for something that belonged to their parents or grandparents – who sometimes have little or no knowledge of what their ancestors collected.


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