Nazi looted paint­ing re­turned to Jew­ish heirs in Ger­many

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Ber­lin—of­fi­cials have re­turned a paint­ing looted by the Nazis to heirs of a Jew­ish French politi­cian and re­sis­tance fig­ure who was ex­e­cuted dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

“Por­trait of a Seated Young Woman” by Thomas Cou­ture, which be­longed to Ge­orges Man­del, was dis­cov­ered in late col­lec­tor Cor­nelius Gurlitt’s art trove while Ger­man au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a tax case in 2012.

The reclu­sive Bavar­ian col­lec­tor in­her­ited the 1,500piece The paint­ing ‘Por­trait of a Seated Young Woman.’ col­lec­tion from his father, Hilde­brand Gurlitt, an art dealer who traded in works con­fis­cated by the Nazis.

Many are thought to have been looted from their orig­i­nal Jew­ish own­ers.

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