|Francis Henry Taylor|
Source: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
—Francis Henry Taylor, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in a New York Times op-ed piece September 19, 1943
“…. People with looted objects in their possession are subject to federal law governing the transportation of stolen property over state lines.”
—July 23, 1946/Lieutenant Karasik, State Department official, regarding importation of art from occupied areas by US personnel
|S. Lane Faison|
Source: Williams Archives and Special Collections
—June 1, 1951/Lane Faison, Property Division, High Commission of Germany (HICOG), Munich Central Collecting Point, commenting on the exchanges conducted by Hermann Goering and the ERR to trade stolen Impressionists for more acceptable cultural assets.
“The restitution of looted art is an obligation of this Government under international law."
—May 19, 1955/Ardelia Hall, Arts and Monuments Advisor, US Department of State