Won\’t find me saying that often but this case:
A 16th century masterpiece has been returned to the heirs of a Jewish man, 70 years after being wrested away during World War II.
They knew the painting was in an Itlaian government run museum, they were trying to get it back. No dice, no one would take any notice. The museum lent it to a museum in the US and the US authorities seized it, ran through the ownership disputes and returned it to the heirs.
There\’s an important underlying point here. There are parts of Europe that are a great deal less active (to put it mildly) in returning those assets seized from Jews and others in WWII that might be just or righteous. It isn\’t just Swiss banks demanding death certificates for those that died in the gas chambers.
The Austrians, for example, returned one painting to a family and then charged them $8,000 storage fees. For something that had been illegally confiscated from a murdered forebear in the first place.
It\’s all still a blot on the landscape….a moral stain.