Art can be a vague subject. There are many different art movements, art forms, and art styles. What one finds pleasing, another may not. One may deem a piece as “degenerate,” or vile, while others want the piece hanging in the living room where everyone can see. How people interpret art and their views on art can lead to terrible things being done. In the hellish moments of war, pieces may be looted from the homes of the ones being forced out. During the midst of the Holocaust, entire collections were looted from the Jewish as they were forcefully removed from their homes and into concentration camps.
Now, years after the Holocaust, the survivors and their families are fighting and struggling to at the very least get a piece they had owned in their collections before the terror of the Holocaust had begun. The pieces have ended up in galleries and private collections all throughout the United States and Europe. The pieces are one of the last remnants of their lives before all the chaos and the sorrow caused by the Holocaust.
The pieces were taken from the families by the Nazi regime. From there they were sold to museums in the United States and Europe. Some people belief that the museums should keep the pieces because they bought the pieces fairly, while others belief that the pieces should be given back to the rightful owners as restitution for the horrific crimes done to them. Who should be entitled to the valuable pieces of art? The pieces were taken from the Jewish families during the midst of the Holocaust. The survivors, as well as their families, should be given back the pieces of art that were taken from them.
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