Germany Pursues Nazi-Looted Art

    U.S. soldiers examine the painting, "Wintergarden," by French Impressionist painter Edouard Manet, stolen by the Nazi regime and hidden in a salt mine in Merkers, Germany April 15, 1945. A vast trove of modern art seized under Germany's Nazi regime, including works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, has been discovered in a Munich apartment among stacks of rotting groceries, German magazine Focus reported. The 1,500 art works, missing for more than 70 years, and discovered by chance by customs authorities in the southern German state of Bavaria in 2011, could be worth well over 1 billion euros ($1.35 billion), Focus said. The artworks shown in the picture were recovered in 1945, and are not those discovered in the Munich apartment in 2011.        REUTERS/US National Archives & Records And Records Administration/Handout via Reuters (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW MILITARY CONFLICT SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS ñ THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX14ZSS

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    After another stash of paintings was disclosed by the son of an art dealer tied to Adolph Hitler, Germany will set up an independent center that will investigate museum collections for art stolen by the Nazis. The new disclosure included works by Monet, Renoir, and Manet, and will only continue the firestorm over Germany's lackluster effort to suss out looted art.

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