Monday, June 4, 2018


   NP:  The larcenous greed for culture of Hitler and other Nazis disrupted the post-war European art world of the late 1940s and led to renowned paintings turning up all over the world, far distant from their rightful owners. The Nazis brutally seized much of what they wanted from Jews or paid absurdly low prices to those who were desperate for cash to get them out of Germany.
   Art experts are studying 1,566 works of art found in a single apartment, the home of Hildebrand Gurlitt, a famous art dealer and museum director, whose customers included Hitler. His personal collection included Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Chagall, Durer, and many lesser-known artists. He died in 1956.
  His son, Cornelius Gurlitt, remained silent about this trove, quietly selling items from the holdings. The revenue attracted Bavarian tax collectors, who in 2012 discovered that the family apartment was stuffed with art in every corner. Since then, a government-appointed task force of experts has been trying to find out who properly owns the work.

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