Heir of Hitler murder plot fights for return of art

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BERLIN -- The grandson of a man hanged by the Nazis for his part in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler is battling for the return of priceless artworks confiscated from his family in retribution.

But Carl-Friedrich Wentzel has accused today's German authorities of "stonewalling" after museums refused to allow him access to their vaults and archives, where he believes some of the 200 paintings, sculptures and antique furniture that belonged to his grand-father may be stored.

"My grandfather was murdered by the Nazis, his family imprisoned and his art treasures stolen," Mr Wentzel, 56, said.

"I find it unbelievable that more than 60 years after these crimes were committed, I am unable to get the family's paintings back. The authorities are stonewalling."

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