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Court: Gestapo took poster

February 11, 2009|Associated Press

A Berlin court has ruled that a Jewish poster collector's son living in the U.S. is the rightful owner of a rare poster confiscated by the Nazis.

A panel of three administrative court judges says Hans Sachs never lost legal ownership to his poster collection when the Gestapo seized it.

Sachs' son, Peter, a 71-year-old resident of Sarasota, Fla., is trying to reclaim 4,000 of his father's posters from the German Historical Museum in Berlin. The posters are worth about $5.8 million.

The court's ruling Tuesday applied only to one poster but is expected to be used as a precedent for the return of the entire collection.

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