Austrian Nazi Victim’s Heir to Get Klimt Painting from Salzburg’s Modern Art Museum

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VIENNA (AP).- An Austrian museum plans to return a precious Gustav Klimt painting to the heir of its rightful owner after researchers discovered it was confiscated by Nazis during World War II, officials said Thursday. The painting, “Litzlberg am Attersee,” currently owned by Salzburg’s modern art museum, MdM Salzburg, is estimated to be worth as much as euro30 million ($44 million). Research by various experts tasked with tracing the origin of the work showed that the Nazis seized the now 96-year-old painting from an apartment in a village near Vienna of a woman named Amalie Redlich after deporting her to Poland in October 1941, where she was killed, Salzburg deputy governor Wilfried Haslauer and the head of the museum, Toni Stooss, told reporters.