In a stunning verdict, a US court has ruled in favor of a Madrid museum’s ownership of a Pissarro painting looted by Nazis during World War II, cementing the idea that possession is, indeed, nine-tenths of the law. The 19th-century artwork, which had been in the museum’s collection for over 20 years, was claimed by the descendants of a Jewish woman who had been forced to sell it to escape the horrors of the Holocaust. Despite the moral implications, the court’s decision highlights the complexities of navigating the murky waters of restitution and the enduring impact of history’s darkest moments.

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