Israel exhibits paintings plundered in WWII France
Israel Museum opened an exhibition of 53 paintings, many belonging to Jews, that were among thousands stolen in France or forcibly sold there during the Nazi occupation
JERUSALEM, February 18, 2008- The Israel Museum opened an exhibition on
Monday of 53 paintings, many belonging to Jews, that were among thousands
stolen in France or forcibly sold there during the Nazi occupation.
The "Looking for Owners" show will run until June 3. It is organised under
the auspices of the French culture and foreign ministries, and Culture
Minister Christine Albanel was in Jerusalem for the opening.
The paintings by artists such as Courbet, Manet, Monet, Oudry, Van Loo and
Vouet are among 2,000 works of art held in France and that have still not been
restored to their original owners or their descendants.
In all, around 100,000 works of art were either plundered or forcibly sold
during World War II, the French culture ministry says.
Following the war 60,000 were repatriated and, of those, 45,000 returned to
their owners. Another 13,000 pieces of lesser value were sold, leaving 2,000
still to be dealt with.