German authorities looking into Nazilooted art


BERLIN, Nov. 4 — The German authorities are investigating the recovered 1,500 works of art worth over 1 billion euros (1.35 billion U.S. dollars) in Munich that had been stolen by the Nazis, a government spokesman said Monday.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Berlin has been aware of the case for months and is providing assistance to Bavarian prosecutors in investigating the treasures that include works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Local news magazine Focus reported Sunday that police found the paintings in 2011 when searching in a Munich apartment, adding that they are now stored safely in a customs warehouse outside Munich.
During Hitler’s Third Reich, the Nazis looted a vast number of artworks from Jews and art that the Nazis considered “degenerate.”[db:内容2]