Judge Allows SoCal Museum To Keep Art Looted By Nazis

A Los Angeles federal judge is allowing Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum of Art to keep art looted by the Nazis.

Without elaboration on why, the judge yesterday dismissed the case brought by a Connecticut woman against the museum.

The decision ends dueling lawsuits over ownership of a 500-year-old pair of art masterpieces seized by Russian revolutionaries and the Nazis before coming to the museum.

The Norton Simon foundation and Marei von Saher of Greenwich had
each filed lawsuits in May claiming they were the rightful owners to the 16th Century wood panels depicting Adam and Eve that were painted by famed German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The museum had argued a California law extending the statute of limitations for heirs of Holocaust victims is unconstitutional because making amends for war injuries falls to the federal, not state, government.

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