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German Researchers Trace Jewish Newspaper Mogul’s Vast Nazi-Looted Art Collection

May 8, 2018

A ground-breaking research project initiated last year by the German government, museums, research institutes in cooperation with the heirs of a Jewish media mogul has traced eight works confiscated by the Nazis and launched an online database to help find more.

Thousands of paintings, books, sculptures and antiques were seized from Rudolf Mosse, who was one of the richest men in Berlin at the end of the 19th century. The Mosse Art Research Initiative, which was announced in March 2017, has a budget of €500,000 funded by the heirs and the German government’s Lost Art Foundation and is led by Meike Hoffmann, an art historian at Berlin’s Free University. It is the first such cooperative research project between the heirs of a Jewish collector robbed by the Nazis and the German government.  See full article