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Germany beefs up inquiry into Nazi-looted art in Munich haul

A woman looks at Pablo Picasso’s Tete de Marie-Therese on display during a preview of Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art evening sale in New York on May 2.

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Germany will boost efforts to examine the ownership history of 1,406 artworks found in a Munich apartment and will publish details of art looted by the Nazis from Jews, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said.

Authorities seized Cornelius Gurlitt’s cache as part of an investigation on suspicion of tax evasion in a three-day operation in March 2012.

Prosecutors revealed on Nov. 5 last year, the hoard includes works by Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Oskar Kokoschka, Franz Marc, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Max Liebermann.

Jewish groups and representatives of heirs seeking lost art voiced outrage last week after the prosecutor said publishing a list would be counterproductive.

The Culture Ministry, Finance Ministry, Bavarian government and investigators met on Nov. 8 last year to discuss steps to speed up provenance research and publish a list of the artworks in question.









1. beef up v. phr.

加強;改良 (jia1 qiang2; gai3 liang2)

例: The authorities launched three defense lines to beef up safety checking on vehicle.


2. loot v.

掠奪;(不正當地)佔為己有 (lue4 duo2; (bu2 zheng4 dang4 de5) zhan4 wei2 ji2 you3)

例: The mob looted many shops in the area.


3. outrage n.

義憤;憤慨 (yi4 fen4; fen4 kai3)

例: The crowd expressed outrage at the court’s decision.


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