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Everything You Need To Know About The Mysterious Discovery Of Nazi-Looted Art

More than 1,400 artworks suspected of being stolen by the Nazis were discovered in an apartment in Munich.

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On Feb. 28, 2012, German authorities raided the home of art connoisseur Cornelius Gurlitt and seized more than 1,400 works of art estimated to be worth over $1 billion.

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.


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.


Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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