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Nazi-looted painting returned

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A painting stolen from a German-Jewish family by the Nazis will be donated to an Israeli charity.

"Le Mur Rose," or "The Pink Wall," an 1898 painting by Henri Matisse, will be returned to the estate of Harry Fuld, a Jewish entrepreneur and art collector from Frankfurt, by the French Culture Ministry. The artwork, which has been on display at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris since 1949, will be donated to Magen David Adom, a beneficiary of the estate.

Magen David Adom is trying to recover other pieces from Fuld’s collection, which it claims are housed in museums in Russia, Germany and Israel.

The Matisse painting was found in 1948 among the possessions of a Nazi officer who was responsible for the delivery of Zyklon B gas to Auschwitz and other concentration camps. The officer surrendered to French authorities in 1945 and hanged himself shortly afterward.

 

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