Jewish family sues Germany for restitution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An 82-year-old Holocaust survivor and his family are suing Germany for an extensive art collection Nazis seized and auctioned off during World War II.

Fred Westfield said he was celebrating his 12th birthday when he last saw his uncle, renowned Jewish art collector Walter Westfield.

Two days later Kristallnacht occurred -- when Nazis destrxoyed Jewish synagogues and took more than 25,000 Jews to concentration camps.

Walter Westfield was arrested for currency violation charges for trying to move his art work to the U.S., and Nazis sold hundreds of his paintings and tapestries to pay his 300,000 Reichmark fine.

The lawsuit, filed last month in Davidson County Chancery Court in Nashville, says Germany is responsible for the actions of Hitler's regime and wants a jury to award an unspecified amount for the loss to Westfield's heirs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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