High Court Nazi Art Rulings Impede Restorative Justice

Law360 (February 8, 2021, 4:29 PM EST) -- A pair of restitution cases regarding Holocaust-era stolen property has been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court: Federal Republic of Germany v. Philipp,[1] for return of medieval art stolen by the Nazis, along with the companion case of Republic of Hungary v. Simon,[2] for return of personal property stolen from 14 Holocaust survivors.

Both were bellwether cases for those of us who have advocated with halting success in U.S. courts on behalf of the true owners of Nazi-stolen property still in the hands of foreign governments.

Decided in favor of the sovereigns, the decisions may be the fatal blow to restorative...

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