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  3/7/2014, Adar Bet 5, 5774

New Yorker Claims Ownership of Nazi-Looted Artwork


An elderly New Yorker has joined the legal fray over the ownership of artwork found in a Munich apartment that was allegedly looted by the Nazis during World War II, AFP reported on Thursday.

In a complaint filed Wednesday in a district court in Washington, David Toren asks the German government and the state of Bavaria to immediately return an oil painting he claims belonged to a great uncle who died in 1942.

Toren, 88, said "Two Riders on the Beach" by Max Liebermann was among the more than 1,400 artworks uncovered in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt in a February 2012 police raid.