Saturday, March 24, 2012

Court Orders Museum Return Nazi-Seized Art; Posters Worth Up to $21M Go to Owner's Son

The France 24 website reports today (March 18, 2012) that Germany's top federal appeals court ruled on March 16 that a Berlin museum must return thousands of rare posters to an American man -- part of his Jewish father's unique collection -- that had been seized by the Nazis during World War II.

The Federal Court of Justice in Karisruhe confirmed Peter Sachs, 74, was the rightful owner of the posters collected by his father, Hans, and ruled he is entitled to receive them back from the German Historical Museum.

The court said that if the museum kept the posters -- which have been estimated to be worth up to $21 million -- it would be akin to perpetuating the crimes of the Nazis.

Peter Sachs -- who now lives in Nevada -- said of the court ruling: "It feels like vindication for my father, a final recognition of the life he lost and never got back."