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Minnesota museum decides painting was Nazi loot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has sent a $2.8 million painting back to France after concluding it had been stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

The museum had owned the 1911 Fernand Leger painting "Smoke Over Rooftops" since 1961. But after a decade of detective work, the institute decided to return it to the French heirs of a Jewish art collector who died in 1948.

Kaywin Feldman, director of the institute, told the Star Tribune it was the right thing to do.

It's not an unusual dilemma for a museum. According to the Association of Art Museum Directors, U.S. museums identified in their collections 22 works between 1998 and 2006 that had been stolen by the Nazis.

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