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California returns paintings stolen by Nazis

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The state of California has returned three paintings whose original Jewish owners were forced to sell them by the Nazis.

They had ended up in the collection of news magnate William Randolph Hearst after being sold on by another gallery. The pictures are now back with the family of the Berlin couple they once belonged to. Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said: “Only recently did we find out the whole story with these works, and the story became more known to us. And soon as we discovered what the true story was, the state authorities acted very quickly to set things right.” The return of art plundered by the Nazis remains a controversial issue. More than three million paintings and objects were stolen from mostly private collections. Much of it remains unaccounted for, but a number of pieces are the subject of legal actions.