Dutch Government to initiate 'grand inquiry' into WWII Restitution

June 29 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Artnews.com have published an article on reports that the Dutch Government will be initiating a 'grand inquiry' into the restitution of Nazi-looted art. This process will attempt to reassess looted works of art in the Netherland Art Property Collection and will renew efforts to find owners.

According to the article:

Many commentators began alleging that the committee was prioritizing the state over claimants. In 2020, lawyer Jacob Kohnstamm issued a report that found that the Dutch Restitution Committee needed to be “more empathic” and recommended that it abolish its “balance of interests” methods, which allow the committee to give weight to the national interests as well as the interests of the claimants. Two members of the committee, including its chairman, resigned after the report was issued.

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