ive historic paintings missing since World War II are being returned to collections in Germany at the behest of the heirs of their American acquirers. The paintings, including three won by an American soldier in a poker game, were turned over to the German government on Tuesday. Their
return was organized by the State Department and the Monuments Men Foundation, which tracks down cultural objects that went missing during the war. The three paintings won in the poker game are from an art gallery in the city of Dessau that had been stored in a potassium mine for safekeeping during the war. The other two, including a painting of Queen Victoria and her eldest daughter, had been in a castle near Frankfurt that was confiscated by the US military.