Britain eyes return of art stolen by Nazis

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- Holocaust survivors and their families should be given back works of art stolen by the Nazis during World War II, a British lawmaker proposes.

Andrew Dismore, a member of the British Parliament, has proposed the Holocaust Restitution Bill that would allow paintings and other artistic works stolen by the German Nazis to be returned to their rightful owners, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.


The proposed bill would focus on those works of art in national collections in Britain.

"I hope it will close another chapter from the Holocaust," Dismore said. "It means recognizing a right that has been denied for decades.

"I suspect many people would be prepared to allow their artwork to stay in public collections but it's their right to decide what happens to it."

The Telegraph said among the items that could possibly be affected under the proposal is the 1525 painting "Cupid Complaining to Venus." The work by Lucas Cranach was once owned by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, but recently has called the National Gallery its home.

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