View Full Version : Jewish Leader Lauder Charges Germany Doing ‘Too Little’ to Return Nazi-Looted Art

11-19-2018, 07:08 PM
Germany is taking far too long to return works of art confiscated by the Nazis to their rightful owners and not doing enough to combat a surge in antisemitism in recent years, Ron Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress, said Sunday.

“One country that has done too little is Germany. Germany has a historic responsibility to do the right thing. We all know that the Holocaust had its origins there and was spread from there,” Lauder told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, according to a translation by Reuters.

Countries such as Britain, the U.S. and Austria were much more meticulous in properly documenting art confiscated by the Nazi regime and returning works to their rightful owners, Lauder stated.

The U.S. extended the federal statute of limitations for receiving reparations for looted artworks to six years from the time of its “actual discovery,” Reuters said. Britain, meanwhile, has uploaded its entire collection online and adds more items on a daily basis, Lauder claimed.

However, Germany was dragging its feet digitizing art collections and trying to locate original owners, said Lauder. He also charged that four federal museums, as well as more than 5,000 other public cultural institutions, had failed to properly document the art in their collections

He needs to go to the Vatican and ask to look in their secret vaults. He also needs to visit some South American countries like Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.


11-20-2018, 10:32 AM
I'm wondering how many Germany has left.

A lot of art was destroyed during WWII, due to bombings and all things associated with war. Several of Klimt's paintings were lost, I'm sure many other works were too.