POLAND WILL ASK RUSSIA TO RETURN PAINTINGS LOOTED DURING WORLD WAR TWO

Sep 14, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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Poland’s minister of culture says his country will formally ask Russia to return seven paintings now in a leading Moscow museum that were looted during World War Two by the Soviet Red Army.

“Of 31 official restitution requests by Poland, 18 concern works located in Russia,” Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski told reporters.

Zdrojewski also said Wednesday that about 20 previous requests to Moscow for the return of thousands of other items stolen during World War Two have fallen on deaf ears.

The previously requested items included archives of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz and Old Master paintings.

The paintings that Poland now wants returned are by Italian artists dating from the 14th to the 18th century.

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