Nov 05, 2013

    Nazi plunder

    THE Nazis plundered works of art in Germany and across Europe before and during World War II, confiscating many from Jews or forcing them to sell their works at a low price.

    Between 1940 and 1944, German forces seized an estimated 100,000 paintings, works of art, tapestries and antiques from the homes of Jews in France, stripped of their rights by racial laws enforced by the collaborationist government.

    Thousands of stolen works of art have since been returned to their owners or their descendants, but many more have not resurfaced.

    At the end of the war, art collector Hildebrand Gurlitt claimed that the firebombing of Dresden in February 1945 had destroyed his collection.