Nazi Law Complicates Return of Looted Works to Museums

November 24th, 2013

Wolfgang Büche, via New York TimesA Nazi-instituted law from 1938 is complicating the situation in the return of the works discovered in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the New York Times reports.  Allowing the government to seize non-German or Jewish artworks deemed “degenerate,” the law is still on the books, and has made it more difficult for German and European museums which previously had work removed from its collection.  “The legal situation is relatively obvious and clear,” said Wolfgang Büche, of the Moritzburg Foundation in Halle. “With art taken from Jewish collectors, there are sometimes legal or at least moral circumstances under which they can seek to have their works restituted. We can only seek to buy them back.”Read more at New York Times