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German art hoarder launches
website in defence of seized collection

Guardian [UK], by Philip Oltermann

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/19/2014 4:41:47 AM

Berlin -Cornelius Gurlitt, the 81-year-old pensioner in whose Munich flat were discovered more than 1,280 art masterpieces, has launched a website to tell his side of the story. "Dear ladies and gentleman, dear lovers of art," says an introductory statement signed by the collector himself. "Many things have happened in the past weeks and months, and are still happening. I only wanted to live with my pictures, in peace and quiet." The discovery in 2011 of the pictures, many of which may have been owned by Jewish collectors before the second world war, has triggered an ongoing international debate about how to

      


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German art hoarder launches
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Guardian [UK], by Philip Oltermann    Original Article
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Berlin -Cornelius Gurlitt, the 81-year-old pensioner in whose Munich flat were discovered more than 1,280 art masterpieces, has launched a website to tell his side of the story. "Dear ladies and gentleman, dear lovers of art," says an introductory statement signed by the collector himself. "Many things have happened in the past weeks and months, and are still happening. I only wanted to live with my pictures, in peace and quiet." The discovery in 2011 of the pictures, many of which may have been owned by Jewish collectors before the second world war, has triggered an ongoing international debate about how to

   

 

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