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Germany denies Jewish heirs; Cologne returns art
This undated picture publicly provided by Museum Kunstpalast Duesseldorf, shows a painting by Bernardo Belotto with the St. Charles Church in Vienna. It is one of two disputed works of art. The German government has refused a request to hand back two paintings once owned by a Jewish businessman who was persecuted by the Nazis. Germany’s Finance Ministry says it won’t return the 18 century paintings by Bernardo Bellotto to the heirs of Max Emden because he had already fled to Switzerland when he sold them. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013 that this meant the paintings couldn’t be considered “forced sales.” Emden’s heirs maintain that their grandfather sold the paintings because he needed money after his department stores in Germany had been seized by the Nazis. (AP Photo/Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Horst Kolberg)

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