quote:Originally posted by KSC02:quote:Originally posted by Jabe11:
I'm not sure if this is breaking news here...huge haul of works in Munich...German police recover 1,500 modernist masterpieces 'looted by Nazis'
I wonder what will emerge. German police apparently kept the find secret for two years, over concerns of restitution, claims and diplomatic issues.
I sincerely wish the best to the ancestors of the true owners of these works and that they are able to successfully reclaim what is theirs. Be damned those that supported this blatant thievery.
First, I think you mean the descendants of the art owners, not the ancestors. But, in any event, the thievery of art and other belongings was so rampant, together with physical and other horrors.
It is incredibly difficult for the descendants to document the ownership of this art. We're talking alot of years ago. My grandparents were pretty well off in Vienna, but I have no idea if they had any significant art. When they came to the US, all my grandfather was able to escape with was his violin, his viola, and sheet music. And, his pride. My grandmother had baked a cake into which she put her wedding ring, so that survived, along with 6 spoons. That was it.
Just don't let anyone tell you that the average German person had no idea what was happening.
They knew. For sure.