Looted Holocaust-era art pits Israeli institutions against each other
By Associated Press
Sunday, April 15, 2007 – Updated: 02:53 PM EST

JERUSALEM – Two Israeli institutions are battling for custody of an unclaimed collection of artwork plundered by the Nazis – a dispute over who best represents the victims of the Holocaust and their descendants.
The Israel Museum, repository of such national treasures as the Dead Sea Scrolls, has control of the collection and is fighting to keep it. It is up against a company headed by a Holocaust survivor that is legally entrusted with locating the property of victims.
Such disputes have become familiar around the world in the 62 years since the Holocaust ended. Now, as Israel marks its annual remembrance day from Sunday to Monday for the six million Jews killed by the Nazis, the fight is being waged on its own soil.

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