Author Archives: William D. Cohan

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Bizarre Verdict Sends Critic of Austria’s Nazi Loot Restitution Policy to Jail

A petty and cruel court decision gives a three-year prison term to Stephan Templ in a Kafkaesque case of Holocaust claims Read More

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Justice Austrian Style?

An investigator into Austria’s Nazi-era crimes faces a “completely absurd” indictment
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The Restitution Struggle: Malaise, Indifference, and Frustration

Decades after the effort began, hundreds of thousands of artworks and other objects looted from victims of the Holocaust have yet to be returned to the owners or their heirs
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“We base our action on the moral approach,” says Diethard Leopold.

Charting a New Course

Under the leadership of its founder’s son, Vienna’s Leopold Museum is attempting to identify potential war loot in its collection Read More


MoMA’s Problematic Provenances

Behind a lawsuit brought against the Museum of Modern Art by the heirs of George Grosz lies a troubling history of acquiring works seized by the Nazis and sold to support the German war effort Read More

Canadian VitaPro mogul, philanthropist, and collector Yank Barry showing off one of his 74 Degas bronzes, cast from "recently discovered" plasters.

Adding to the Confusion

A dealer’s appraisal of bronzes cast from plasters said to be authentic lifetime works by Degas adds to the controversial nature of the enterprise. Read More


‘Intentionally Not Included Herein’

The National Gallery catalogue omits a set of plasters said to have been discovered recently—and opens a new front in the ongoing battle over their origin. Read More

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A Controversy over Degas

Experts are concerned about the authenticity of 74 "recently discovered" plaster casts of Degas sculptures that were purportedly made during his lifetime and the bronzes that have been produced from them, which are now selling for more than $2 million.. Read More