The staggering $1.4 billion Munich art scandal has swept the issue of Holocaust restitution back into world headlines. Now, Germany may legislate to allow heirs of such Nazi-looted art a much-belated chance for redress
Hitler assesses looted art (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)
In the chaotic days ending World War II, the Allies quickly realized they had collected more than a million looted art objects from across the Third Reich. Some were found in rubble, others saved by the now legendary Monuments Men from a network of Nazi depots in far-flung monasteries and castles, including a huge trove in booby-trapped salt mines in rural Austria.
With a mass of art and Judaica in hand, the Allied forces converted two Nazi administration buildings into collecting points in Munich, dubbed Gallery One and Gallery Two. It was hoped the art would be expeditiously documented and restored to institutions or individuals with passable provenance records.