Janelle Dumalaon reports, in a special article for USA Today that new laws are on the horizon relating to art ownership… in Munich there were 1,400 potentially stolen works of art were found in an apartment belonging to 81-year-old Cornelius Gurlitt. It was revealed that state officials found the cache more than two years before and had failed to disclose it.
"But the change in the law, if it goes through, will not do anything about the fact that the burden of proof still lies with the claimant." said Anne Webber, co-chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe based in London. "The burden should not be on the victim, the burden should be on those who are in possession of art taken from people through theft and murder."
Monika Grütters, who is also a lawmaker, has proposed the creation of an independent institute to search archives and museums for art stolen by the Nazis and determine their provenance. "I find it simply unbearable that Nazi-stolen art is still found in German museums," Grütters told daily newspaper, Berliner Morgenpost.
But, now Gurlitt’s collection in Munich valued by some at over 1.5 billion dollars may be less valuable than the many pieces by Renoir, Monet and other French impressionists recently discovered in his home in Salzburg.
All of this along with the recently released movie "The Monuments Men" which tells the little-known story about an attempt, in the final days of the Second World War, to rescue thousands of valuable artworks stolen by Hitler.