Not surprising, the Austrians never really made any effort to return what they stole from the Jews, nor did they ever own up to their Nazi past. They got away with being called "victims", but we know how they behaved during the "anschluss". Nazis they were and Nazis they are. Someone ought to inspect all their museums; more stolen art will be found.
2. I think the departed owners would ...
rather have the stolen art in an Israeli museum.
3. works of art should be seen
the works are now in the public domain where everybody can see them. Surely they should stay there
4. @2 actually this is a huge problem...
we don't know what the owners would have wanted because in most cases the owners were murdered by the Nazis.
What we do know is what the descendants or other surviving relatives want...and what they want is the art works so that they can sell them and make MONEY!
In fact there are 7 active suits against the Israel Museum! These suits have all been filed by non-descendant relatives who want to the art works so that they can sell them. The Israel Museum is actively negotiating with these greedy people and in some cases has already PAID THEM OFF!
So Ora I guess you really don't have all the facts