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Return Nazi-looted art, panel tells Austrian museum

(JTA) — An Austrian government panel recommended that the Leopold Museum in Austria return seven paintings looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis.

The art commission established by the Austrian Ministry of Culture said Nov. 23 that the paintings — five by Egon Schiele and two by Anton Romako — should be restituted to the heirs of their former owners, Karl Maylaender and Maurice Eisler.

The decision is non-binding, Bloomberg reported.

The paintings are currently part of the Leopold Museum Private Foundation. The museum paid $19 million earlier this year to settle another restitution case, according to Bloomberg. It is currently working to complete research into the origins of its entire collection.

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