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American gets back art taken by Nazis during WWII

March 19. 2013 12:39PM
Associated Press

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(AP) France has given an American an art collection that Nazis took from his grandfather during World War II.

Tom Selldorff was a 6-year-old Austrian living in Vienna when he last saw the paintings in the 1930s, including masterpieces by Alessandro Longhi and Sebastiano Ricci. Selldorff later moved to the U.S., and he's now 84.

On Tuesday, France gave the six paintings to Selldorff as part of its ongoing effort to return hundreds of looted artworks that Jewish owners lost during the war, and that still hang in the Louvre and other museums.

"I'm extremely grateful," said Selldorff. "These paintings were in this fog of war. (It) was not easy. It took a long time."

Selldorff wants to leave them to his children, in honor of his grandfather's love of art.

Associated Press

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