Eight old master paintings that belonged to Dutch Jews before the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in 1940 and later seized from their German owner by the Communist government of East Germany are being turned over to the Dutch government, Bloomberg News reports. The paintings to be returned by the German government include oils by the 17th-century painters Jan Steen and Philips Wouwerman. Alfred Kummerle, the owner of a mill in the German city of Brandenburg, acquired the paintings from the Netherlands from 1940 to 1944. When he died in 1949 his wife inherited his collection. She fled East Germany in 1953 and her possessions were seized by the government. Thirty-two old masters from Kummerle’s collection are in the Museum der Bildenden Kunste in Leipzig. “Provenance research on the remaining works has not yet been completed,” an e-mail from Germany’s Federal Office for Central Services and Unresolved Property Issues said, according to a report by Bloomberg News. “This partial decision affects eight paintings bought in the Netherlands that were formerly in Jewish ownership.” In 2001 the Dutch government established a restitution panel to advise it on Holocaust-related claims for artworks in the national collection.