The French Government has launched a project for returning the cultural artifacts which was stolen from the Jews in the World War II. It was said by the cultural ministry that the aims and objectives of the new task force is to shed lights on cultural assets of doubtful origin held by the public institutions, stolen between 1933 and 1945. The French museum has around 2000 artifacts under special status as their owners have not been identifies, sent from Germany to France after the World War II. Their status also means they should never leave the country. Last month an agreement has been signed between France and Germany to improve cooperation on returning seized objects to their rightful owners.
It was also said that “the government wants to ramp up efforts to return stolen works after it returned several dozen artifacts over many years”. Franck Riester, the France’s Cultural Minister has said that “This is our duty to the victims of plundering” and “it’s about memory and justice”. Researchers will work alongside museums, libraries, archives and the foreign office to examine cases one by one, whether they are filed by victims or families or uncovered by the investigations. In Austria, thousands of the artworks stolen by the Nazis have been returned which includes major works which is worth of millions of euros, since a law was passed in 1998.
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