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Artworks stolen by Nazis returned to heirs of outspoken cabaret performer killed in the Holocaust

  • Seven valuable artworks by Egon Schiele have been returned to the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum, a Jewish cabaret star who was killed by the Nazis. Some of the artworks, worth between $780,000 and $2.75m each, were on display at prominent US museums.
  • Grünbaum's art collection, including 81 pieces by Schiele, was confiscated by the Nazis after he was arrested in 1938. The judge ruled in favor of Grünbaum's heirs, stating that it was unlikely he voluntarily gave away the artworks. This led to the recovery of the seven pieces and the ongoing federal case to determine their rightful ownership.
  • The return of the artworks comes after a court victory in 2018, where two Schiele works were ruled to be turned over to Grünbaum's heirs. The recovered artworks will be auctioned off to support scholarships for underrepresented performing artists.
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