An Act To authorize the Secretary of the Army to return to the Federal Republic of Germany certain works of art seized by the United States Army at the end of World War II

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The Secretary of the Army may transfer to the Federal Republic of Germany, without compensation, title to, and custody of, certain works of art seized from the German Government by the United States Army after World War II. Before any such transfer may be made, the Secretary of the Army shall establish an interdepartmental committee to review such works of art. Any such work of art determined by the committee to be inappropriate for such transfer under the provisions of part II, section A, of the Protocol of the Proceedings of the Berlin (Potsdam) Conference of July 17 through August 2, 1945, may not be so transferred. No funds of the United States may be expended in connection with any transportation or handling costs incidental to any transfer authorized by subsection (a).


  • Berlin (Potsdam) Conference (July 17-August 2, 1945)
  • United States. Army


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 96 Stat. 14
  • Title 10, Armed Forces
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

96 Stat. 14 (1982); Pub. L. No. 97-155 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1984
  • 03/17/1982


  • WW II
  • Art thefts
  • World War, 1939-1945




Public Law

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Number of pages: 1; Page Numbers: 14

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