US 'Monuments Men' group returns art taken after WWII

The family of an American tank commander who won three historic paintings playing poker during World War II returned the stolen art treasures to their rightful owners. Two more paintings acquired by a librarian while serving for the US army in Germany in late 1945 were also handed over during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington after the families had contacted a US foundation that tracks down missing artwork. “These paintings are just the tip of the iceberg of the hundreds of thousands of paintings and other cultural items still missing since World War II,” said Robert Edsel, the founder and chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation.

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