Suit Over Art Taken by Nazis Revived Against Oklahoma

March 16, 2015

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit by a Holocaust survivor against the University of Oklahoma over a painting in the university's gallery that was once stolen by the Nazis from its owner, The Associated Press reported. Oklahoma had the suit dismissed earlier because it was filed in New York rather than Oklahoma, but the appeals court found that the judge had the option of transferring the suit to Oklahoma rather than dismissing it. Oklahoma has been criticized by many for using legal technicalities to fight the suit, given that many experts believe it is undisputed that the plaintiff's family was the owner of the painting when it was seized by Nazis. The painting is "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" (at right) by Camille Pissarro, currently part of the collection of the university's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

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