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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.

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.

However, Der Spiegel magazine reported it received a typewritten letter from Gurlitt requesting that his family name no longer be mentioned in future publications.

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

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