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Update: Suspected Nazi-Looted Art Returned to Collector

When the German government announced last November that it had seized more than 1,200 artworks -- including paintings by Picasso, Chagall and Durer -- from the son of a prominent Nazi-era art dealer, the discovery renewed international attention to Nazi-era art theft. Many advocacy groups believed the works were obtained illegally and hoped they'd be returned to their rightful owners. But in a surprising twist, prosecutors announced this week that they would release the paintings back to the German collector. We get the latest.

A Look At Seized Art

When 1,200 artworks were seized from the son of a prominent Nazi-era art dealer last year (some featured in the gallery below) they were described as "looted." But this recent decision revealed some of the paintings were actually purchased before the Third Reich. We'll discuss this issue, and others, on today's program.

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