FBI returns painting stolen by Nazis to owner’s heirs

In 1933, Rudolf Mosse’s heirs used the power of his publishing company to critique Nazis, who said Jews like them were inferior.

So the Nazi party targeted the newspaper’s publisher, Hans Lachmann-Mosse, and many of the company’s Jewish staff members, forcing them to flee as they looted Mosse’s paintings, including one of a woman and a man walking in the snow titled, “Winter.”

But on Thursday, almost 90 years since the Nazis embarked on their evil regime, the FBI in Albany symbolically returned “Winter” to Mosse’s heirs.

“Injustices do not stand — no matter how long ago they were committed,” acting United States attorney Antoinette T. Bacon said, as she stood behind a podium in the virtual repatriation ceremony. “I’m thrilled that we are able to provide a measure of restitution to the Mosse family, who suffered a great injustice many years ago.”

To Bacon’s left was the golden-framed painting,

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