Art Experts Discuss Recovering Treasures Looted by Nazis

Experts from museums, auction houses, government agencies and other institutions are meeting in Germany this week as part of an international effort to train art-world professionals in recovering art and cultural treasures looted during the Nazi era.

Sixty-seven years after the end of World War II, there are still millions of items that were lost or stolen during the Nazi era that have not been recovered. The items were taken by the Nazis themselves, plundered by the Soviets at the end of the war and even taken home by Allied troops.

The six-day conference that ends Friday in the eastern city of Magdeburg was organized by the European Shoah Legacy Institute and brings together 35 experts from more than a dozen countries.

“The press tends to focus on the high end of the art market, the major paintings and so on, but what was taken was far vaster,” said Wesley Fisher, director of research for the Conference on Jewish Claims Against Germany, which helps administer the program.


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