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Nazi looted painting returned to Jewish heirs in Germany

AP  |  Berlin 

Officials have returned a painting looted by the Nazis to heirs of a Jewish French and resistance figure who was executed during

"Portrait of a Seated Young Woman" by Thomas Couture, which belonged to Georges Mandel, was discovered in late Cornelius Gurlitt's art trove while German authorities were investigating a tax case in 2012.

The reclusive Bavarian inherited the 1,500-piece collection from his father, Hildebrand Gurlitt, an who traded in works confiscated by the Nazis. Many are thought to have been looted from their original Jewish owners, but provenance research has been slow and only a handful has been restituted.

Minister pledged at Tuesday's handover to Mandel's relatives to do everything possible to return stolen art to rightful owners.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 18:30 IST