Claim by Museums of Public Trusteeship and their Response to Restitution Claims: A Self-Serving Attempt to Keep Holocaust-Looted Art

2011Art Antiquity and Law Journal

When faced with demands for deaccessioning in the context of Holocaust-era art, many museums have made the claim that legal or ethical responsibilities to the public make it difficult to restitute art. Museums base this claim on the premise that the art in their collections is held "in trust" for the public.