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Seized Nazi arts records go online

9th May 2011

An online database has been set up to help historians and families trace artwork seized by the Nazis during World War II.

During the conflict, the Nazis seized thousands of paintings and sculptures, many of which remain missing, and it is hoped the online database will reunite the works with the estates of their owners.

The National Archives and the Commission for Looted Art together agreed to publish the information, including inventories and images of artwork dated between 1939 and 1961, with details available on the National Archives website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk.

Oliver Morley, chief executive and keeper of the National Archives, commented: "By digitising and linking archival records online, researchers will be able to piece together the stories of what became of cultural objects."

Last year, a 1920 Paul Klee drawing seized from Jewish art collector Harry Fuld Jr in 1941 was finally returned to Mr Fuld's estate.

The sketch, entitled Veil Dance, had resided in the Israel Museum since a collection taskforce recovered it in 1950.

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