US bill would help reclaim art stolen by Nazis
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US bill would help reclaim art stolen by Nazis

Bipartisan legislation proposed in Senate sets statute of limitations of six years from when art is identified as looted

Illustrative: El Greco's painting 'Portrait of a Gentleman,' returned to the heirs of its original owner after being looted by Nazis during WWII, March 2015. (Commission for Looted Art in Europe)
Illustrative: El Greco's painting 'Portrait of a Gentleman,' returned to the heirs of its original owner after being looted by Nazis during WWII, March 2015. (Commission for Looted Art in Europe)

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill in the US Senate would redress claims on art stolen by Nazis frustrated by statutes of limitations.

The bill was introduced last week by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is running for the presidency, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York.

The Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act “will empower the victims of this horrific persecution, and help ensure that our legal system does everything it can to redress the widespread looting of cultural property by the Third Reich as part of its genocidal campaign against the Jewish people and other groups,” Cruz said in a statement.

The bill would reset the statute of limitations, making it six years from the date that the art in question is identified and located, and from when the claimant has shown evidence of possession of the art.

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