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Painting stolen by Nazis recovered from Canajoharie museum

A painting that was stolen by the Nazis has been recovered from an upstate New York museum by the FBI.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 1:49 PM

CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) - A painting that was stolen by the Nazis has been recovered from an upstate New York museum by the FBI.

The work "Winter" by American artist Gari Melchers was part of the collection at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie before it was recovered Sept. 10.

Court documents say German publisher and philanthropist Rudolf Mosse acquired the painting at the Great Berlin Art Exhibition in 1900. The Nazi government seized control of the family's art collection after Mosse's family members fled Germany in 1933.

Suzan D. Friedlander, the museum's executive director and chief curator, told The Times Union the institution "was of course very upset to learn the history of the painting's seizure."

The FBI will hold the painting until it is reunited with the Mosse family.

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