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Nazis seized hundreds of artworks from anti-Hitler comic. Many ended up in US museums

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Franz GrunbaumNew York prosecutors this week returned two modernist drawings Nazis seized over 80 years ago to relatives of a Jewish cabaret performer killed at Dachau.

Fritz Grünbaum, a Viennese singer and comedian who was outspoken against Hitler in his act, is believed to have owned at least 450 works of art before the Nazis annexed Austria. His relatives have retrieved about a dozen.

In some cases when Nazis arrested Jews and sent them to concentration camps, the officers carted off the family's belongings, including priceless works of art. Nazi officials placed stolen artwork in galleries and their homes and stashed it in caves and salt mines. The Allied "Monuments Men" worked to retrieve many pieces in the aftermath of World War II. When art resurfaced across Europe, the original owners of the work were often not disclosed during sales, which made it hard for descendants of people killed in the Holocaust to recover their family's stolen property.

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