Artworks stolen from Fritz Grünbaum during the Holocaust have been returned to his heirs.
Why it matters
The return of the stolen artworks highlights the ongoing efforts to repatriate art looted by the Nazis and provides a sense of justice for the victims and their families.
What the papers say
The Independent says the artworks were returned to Grünbaum's family during a ceremony in New York, while The Times reports that the private museum sector is growing, with collectors opening their own museums. The Times of Israel highlights the ceremony where the artworks were returned to Grünbaum's heirs, and AP News mentions the seizure of the artworks from museums in three states.
How we got here
Fritz Grünbaum, a Jewish cabaret performer and songwriter, had his art collection, including works by Egon Schiele, stolen by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The collection was the subject of a long-running restitution case by Grünbaum's heirs.
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