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Recovery Of Art Looted During The Holocaust

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The Nazi program for confiscating art has been called the greatest displacement of art in human history. The volume of artworks stolen by the Nazis during World War II from both museums and private collections throughout Europe is astounding. The case of the looted Goudstikker collection is a microcosm of the restitution world since the Washington Conference. Jacques Goudstikker was the foremost Jewish dealer in the Netherlands before World War II. His collection, which contained more than 1,200 works of art, was looted by the Nazis following their invasion of Holland in 1940. Any claim for the recovery of Nazi-looted art in the United States is predicated on a fundamental rule that is at the core of all cultural property cases. Litigation concerning Holocaust artwork, however, can also involve a vast array of legal and factual issues, ranging from simple property concepts to complex questions of international law.

Keywords: Holocaust artwork; international law; Jacques Goudstikker; Nazi-looted art; World War II



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