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How a dead man's change of heart saw $1 billion in Nazi art returned home

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Cornelius Gurlitt was an old man with a terrible secret. Much of his art collection, estimated to be worth more than $1 billion, was comprised of paintings the Nazis stole from Jews during World War II. The Wall Street Journal reports on the chain of events that led Gurlitt from declaring he would not "freely give anything back" to their rightful owners to voluntarily agreeing to the deed. The intricate tale is built around Gurlitt's desire to clear his family name, move his art out of Germany, and to see his beloved paintings once again.