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US Museum to Return Painting Stolen by Nazis During WWII - 2004-02-27

A museum in the western U.S. state of Utah says it will return to its owners an 18th century painting confiscated by the Nazis during World War II.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts says it recently learned that Francois Boucher's The Young Lovers was stolen in 1940 from French art dealer Andrew Jean Seligmann.

The museum said the painting ended up in the hands of Hitler's deputy Hermann Goering during World War II. After the war, the painting found its way to a New York art gallery and a private collector before being donated to the Utah museum in 1993.

Two of Mr. Seligmann's heirs will travel to Utah next month to take the painting.