Germany should introduce a law specifically aimed at facilitating the return of Nazi-looted art, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder told a packed audience at the Documentation Center ‘Topographie des Terrors’ in Berlin on Thursday, following his meetings with senior German government ministers.

President Ronald S. LauderLauder was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by Andreas Nachama, the director of the Documentation Center, and Julius H. Schoeps, the head of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European and Jewish Studies at Potsdam University.
Lauder said there were still thousands of artworks in the hands of individuals and museums that were stolen from Jews by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. He added that Germany was not legally equipped to handle such cases. “One of the main reasons that these problems still exist is that there is no law in Germany that addresses the restitution of looted art,” Lauder to the audience, which included a number of experts in the field, among them Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel, the head of the Gurlitt Task Force, and Jutta Limbach, chair of the Limbach Commission which gives non-binding recommendations on the issue of looted art.

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