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Court May Confiscate Schiele Painting in Nazi Loot Case

A federal court in New York ruled on April 12 that the US government may seek to confiscate an Egon Schiele painting claimed to be stolen property illegally imported into the US. The court rejected every argument made by the Leopold Museum in Vienna and the Museum of Modern Art in their efforts to dismiss the case brought by the family of Lea Bondi Jaray, an Austrian Jew who fled the country when the Nazis invaded. It is the second such case allowed to go forward by US courts.