The Dutch government agreed Monday to return 202 artworks to descendants of Jacques Goudstikker, a Jewish art dealer whose collection had been seized by Adolf Hitler's top aide.
Goudstikker fled Holland at the start of World War II. About 800 of his artworks were seized by Hermann Goering, and 300, mostly by Dutch artists, were returned to the Netherlands' government after the war.
The decision was a victory for Goudstikker's family, who had fought for years to regain possession of the artwork, valued in the tens of millions of dollars. The works had been ceded by Goudstikker's widow in a much-disputed settlement in 1952.
Medy van der Laan, undersecretary for culture and education, said the government found that returning the works was the morally correct action. Museums won't be compensated, she said.