France Returns Nazi-Era Art to American


American Thomas Selldorff received Tuesday what he must feel is the crème de la crème in art. In a Paris ceremony, France returned six of his family masterpieces, lost during the Nazi-era purge of Jews and their possessions.

“Abraham and the three angels” by Gaspare Diziani

The Associated Press reports:

The restitution of the works – including paintings by Alessandro Longhi and Sebastiano Ricci – is part of France’s ongoing effort to return hundreds of looted artworks that Jewish owners lost during the war that still hang in the Louvre and other museums. The move ends years of struggle for Selldorff, whose claims were validated by the French government last year after years of researching the fates of the works.

You can read the full AP report here.

Over the last year, CFR has covered families’ efforts to retrieve Nazi-era masterpieces from museums both in the U.S. and Europe. You can read those reports here, here and here.