The Central Council of Jews in Germany defended a controversial decision to return a painting to its former owner’s heirs. The group blasted plans by critics to sue for the paintings’ return to Berlin. In a statement Tuesday, the council defended the July decision by Thomas Flierl, senator for cultural affairs, to return “Strassenszene Berlin,” a 1913 painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, to the British-based heirs of German Jewish art collector and businessman Alfred Hess.
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