Art Restitution: Stasi Looted Art


One of the primary goals of the GDR government in the 70s and 80s was to secure much needed Western currency in order to alleviate the state’s debt which was rapidly increasing and to support East Germany’s economy which was generally performing badly. The Stasi arranged the sale of artworks to help them achieve this goal.  A covert program was arranged between 1973 and 1989 whereby more than 220,000 valuable objects, including 10,000 paintings were identified and seized from private citizens.

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  • Topic: Art Law

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