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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hearst Castle paintings given to owners' heirs

By Peter Fimrite

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Two 16th century paintings that the Nazis confiscated from a Jewish family in 1935 and that later hung in William Randolph Hearst's California castle were returned Friday to the heirs of the rightful owners in a ceremony packed with symbolism and emotion.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman handed over the works on the second day of Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating the Hebrews' escape from slavery in Egypt.



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