Why It’s So Hard to Find the Original Owners of Nazi-Looted Art

When the Nazis purged Germany of so-called “degenerate art” and looted from occupied countries, some private dealers like Hildebrand Gurlitt capitalized off the opportunity to hoard masterpieces and make a profit. Professionals now search what’s called ‘provenance’ to return recovered art to its original owners. It’s patient, difficult work, when it works.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: May 31, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,737 words)
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