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The Artsy Podcast, No. 29: Why Returning Nazi-Looted Art Isn’t So Simple

Artsy Editorial
Mar 30, 2017 3:46PM

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Over the course of World War II, the Nazi party stole hundreds of thousands of works of art. Today, more than seven decades after the end of the war, there are still some 100,000 artworks that are missing. On this episode, we discuss the restitution of Nazi-looted art—that is, the ways in which these works are returned (or, in some cases, not returned) to the heirs of the original owners.  

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Associate Editor Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes and Editorial Associate Abigail Cain. It was produced by Abigail Cain with assistance from Demie Kim.

Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: National Archives and Records Administration

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