In an unusual step, the
Israeli government asked Germany last week to act towards retrieving an
art collection to the heirs of its Jewish owners. The owners were forced
to sell the collection to the Nazi
regime in 1935 in a process the heirs claim was illegal.
A hearing on the fate of the collection was supposed to take place in Berlin
Tuesday, but it was called off at the request of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which currently holds it.