The Salzburg Museum of Modern Art has agreed to return a valuable Gustav Klimt painting stolen by the Nazis to the grandson of the original Jewish owner.
The 1915 painting, "Litzlberg on the Attersee," estimated to be worth more than $25 million, was seized by the Nazis Gestapo in 1941 from the home of Amalie Redlich, who was deported to Poland, where she died in a concentration camp.
The Nazis later sold the painting to a Salzburg art dealer. Eventually, it made its way into the collection of Salzburg's Museum of Modern Art.
The work will be returned to Redlich's only living heir, her 83-year-old grandson Georges Jorisch, a retiree living in Montreal.
Redlich, by the way, has announced through his attorney that he plans to help fund the Salzburg museum's expansion. "What a kind and gracious gesture. He certainly doesn't owe the museum anything," said Paul Shapiro, director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
Thousands upon thousands of artworks and other valuables were looted during World War II, not only by the Nazis but by members of the Allied forces as well.
Under a restitution law passed in 1998, Austria has already returned thousands of Nazi-stolen artworks to their rightful owners, including several Klimt paintings.
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