Conference Aimed at Helping With Recovery of Nazi-Looted Art Seeks ‘Common Understanding’

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Raymond Dowd ’91 shared his expert opinion with the New York Law Journal about the importance of the upcoming international conference focused on aiding the recovery of Nazi-looted art from World War II.

Jumping further into what appears to be growing international efforts by Jewish heirs to reclaim artwork looted by Nazis during World War II, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday an international conference, to be held in May during the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, that he said will seek to help victims of Nazi-era crimes recover stolen property.

Raymond Dowd, a Dunnington Bartholow & Miller partner in New York specializing in intellectual property and art cases, including many involving allegedly Nazi-stolen art, said Monday that he plans to attend the conference and believes it will be an important and helpful event.

“Right now, it’s like ‘Groundhog Day’ because we have to keep litigating the question of whether or not Jews voluntarily abandoned their property in fleeing Nazi persecution,” Dowd said in a phone interview.

“I think the conference will help the judiciary by providing reliable scholarship on these difficult topics,” he also said, adding that he “salutes” the state’s conference effort.

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