The Assemblée Nationale in France has experienced a rare moment of consensus in stipulating the removal of 15 Nazi-looted artworks from various public collections.
Turning to the representatives of some of the victims' families, the deputies roundly applauded the unanimous adoption of a bill described as "historic" by French Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot. This is the first time la Chambre (the House of Representatives) has approved the removal from the public domain of property plundered by the Nazis.
But beyond the emotional moment, a little historical background would not have been out of place. This is hardly the first time that Jewish families have demanded the restitution of works from public…
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