art recovery

Rightful Owners

"In 1998, the United States agreed to the Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, a set of nonbinding principles encouraging “a just and fair solution’’ for compensating pre-World War II owners of art and other valuables, or returning the art to them."


Under the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016, the statute of limitations for those families would be reset to start when a looted artwork is found. The original owners would then have six years to complete their claims ..."

USA TODAY, "Bill would help families recover art work looted by Nazis" by Brian Tumulty, and as presented in Apple News

World War II ended over 70 years ago. I look upon this situation sickening disbelief. With all these families and their ancestors went through, recovering confiscated art should not have to be a lifelong, arduous process. Based on the first quote, it took over 50 years for the United States government to take any type of formal action. And when they did, it was vague, inept and woefully inadequate. Now, twenty year alter, the act under consideration is only marginally better. The article's author also explained that the locations of many works are known but none have been returned to their owners. In fact the onus to locate, claim and prove ownership is completely on the families of the WWII ancestors. Why isn't the governmental agency, museum or other establish entity who knowing has acquired confiscated art, or even suspects the art was part of the Nazi confiscation, required to make specific efforts to identify the original owners, or at least announce in a VERY public way they are in possession of such treasures?

This entire situation is so wrong on so many levels that I can't even begin to name them all. I can't think to long on this topic without getting really angry. Sometimes "It totally sucks!" is the only applicable response!