Collections: Out of the Cellar

Adolf Hitler was a frustrated painter, but he and his Nazi crony Goering compensated by collecting art. At last the West German government has figured out what to do with the remainder of their vast personal collections, which for the past 20 years have festered unseen in the dark basement of a classicistic pile in Munich designed fittingly by Hitler himself.

Museums throughout Germany, announced Bonn's Treasury Ministry, will soon share in long-term loans of 857 first-rate paintings. While only the residue of vast hoards of some 80,000 art works repatriated after...

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