LAW AND HOLOCAUST ART: THE MOVEMENT OF ART IN WORLD WAR II
(LAWW-4032) - 1 UNIT
At the end of World War II, Allied forces attempted to return, to their rightful owners, works of art that had been looted during the conflict. Those efforts were successful in some cases, but unsuccessful in many others. The fate of art owned by European Jews and stolen by the Nazis??Holocaust art?--presents a special case. Over the last 15+ years, Holocaust art lawsuits have led to international conferences, the opening of state archives, the sharing of information through electronic databases, and ultimately, the return of many more works of art. But legal questions persist, as claimants assert their rights against, in many cases, good faith purchasers. This course will explore the law of stolen property, and its implications for the recovery of Holocaust art. It will also examine the rules that the museum community has promulgated in response to this issue. Finally, the course will consider recent discoveries of Holocaust art and their legal ramifications?in particular, the Munich Art Trove, containing some 1,400 works and valued at almost one billion dollars.