2. The artworks included a previously unknown painting by Marc Chagall and an engraving by the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, and were taken to a customs facility near Munich for storage.
3. It is not clear why German authorities waited nearly two years before revealing the discovery.
4. The artworks were apparently collected by Cornelius Gurlitt’s father Hildebrand, who was a quarter Jewish, but was still one of a handful of Germans granted permission by Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s closest associate, to sell confiscated art.
6. The trail to the art began when customs officials became suspicious after finding Cornelius Gurlitt carrying a large sum of cash on a train from Switzerland to Germany.
7. Officials eventually investigated Gurlitt’s apartment in Munich, where he had sold off pictures as needed over the years.
9. About 590 works must be examined to determine whether they were acquired from Jewish owners under duress.
10. The statement did not explain when or how looted paintings might be returned to former owners, which will probably take years to sort out.
13. However, Der Spiegel magazine reported it received a typewritten letter from Gurlitt requesting that his family name no longer be mentioned in future publications.
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