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Repatriation of Art Works to the Country of Origin

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Anyone who has been to the British Museum knows that much of the collection was acquired under dubious circumstances (ie: stolen/taken).

The other classic example is art works looted during World War II, especially by the Nazi regime.  The Allied effort to protect and recover cultural artifacts was under the auspices of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program and written about in Robert Edsel's book  Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. 

Now France is having a conversation about art works that reside in French art galleries which were acquired during the country's African colonial period. 

The New York Times in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne, a Senegalese philosopher and professor of French at Columbia University; Cécile Fromont, associate professor at Yale University, a French art historian who specializes in exchanges between African and European populations; and Toyin Ojih Odutola, a Nigerian-American artist.

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