Reading Martha Jeong’s article, “Beautiful Loot: Continuing Efforts to Repatriate Nazi-Spoiled Art” provokes similar questions relative to stolen art currently in the hands of the world’s drug lords and others in the underworld hierarchy. Some have documented that Pablo Escobar commissioned the theft of major works of art, and it is widely recognised that landmark paintings in particular are currently used as collateral in illegal trades of multi-millon dollar proportion. Jeong’s same questions apply here.
As more sophisticated recovery efforts develop monthly, the need for answers to these questions becomes more urgent.
Jim Graham Montgomery AL