2 paintings seized in NY stolen by Nazis in Poland

December 20, 2010 22:03

NEW YORK — US authorities on Monday said they have seized two paintings in New York that were stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, by the Nazis during World War II.

The paintings by 19th-century Polish artist Julian Falat were seized last Wednesday. Federal prosecutors also filed court papers aimed at recovering the paintings, "Off to the Hunt" and "The Hunt."Prosecutors said the paintings remained missing after World War II. Polish authorities alerted US authorities in 2006 that both were about to be sold at auction in New York.

In a lawsuit, the US government said the paintings can be seized because they constituted stolen property imported into the United States illegally.

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