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  3/12/2014, Adar Bet 10, 5774

France Returns Paintings Seized by Nazis to Jewish Owners


France has returned three paintings that were stolen from Jewish families by the Nazis during World War II. 

In an official ceremony held yesterday (Tuesday), the French government handed over the paintings to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original owners, calling the move "a step towards justice."

Only 70 pieces of the Nazi-seized art have been claimed, leaving over 2,000 paintings and pieces of art still in the hands of the government in Paris. All works of art identified as having been stolen by the Nazis are kept in French museums who are required to report them and put them on display in the hope that the original owners, their heirs or assignees will spot and claim them.