But it’s for the Common Good!
Now it’s sixty years later, and the museums in question say it’s immoral for the descendants of those Jews to demand the return of their grandparents’ art:
Jewish heirs have laid claim to many valuable pieces of art currently hanging in German museums. Those charged with reaching a decision over the artworks -- whether they are museum directors or local politicians -- face a dilemma. On the one hand, there are the claims of the descendants of persecuted or murdered German Jews, who want works returned that were once taken from their ancestors under duress. On the other hand, it is in the public interest to ensure that important pieces of art remain in the country. Museum directors accuse some of those involved of being more concerned about the millions at stake than moral issues -- business-minded lawyers eager to satisfy an art market hungry for new material.
The word “millions” refers to the vast monetary value of the paintings under debate. The article actually opens with a scene at a
The article goes on to discuss some borderline cases where the heirs’ claims to the artworks are more dubious. The issue isn’t always black and white. But I keep stumbling over the paragraph saying that keeping loot which Nazis stole from Jews might be in the public interest.