Looted art recoverd

Polish Police

Police and art investigators from the Ministry of Culture have recovered three important paintings looted by German Nazis during World War II. 

The ‘Pineapple’ by Josef Pankiewicz, ‘Portrait of President Ignacy Moscicki’ by Kazimierz Pochwalski, and Ivan Trusz's ‘Landscape from the outskirts of Naples’ were stolen by plundering Nazi troops from the Krakow National Museum in 1940.

In January, investigators tracked the ‘Pineapple’ down to a private art collector. The other two paintings, which were also looted from the Krakow National Museum, were found in March at an auction house in Warsaw after the department of War Losses in the Polish Ministry of Culture passed on information to the Warsaw police. 

Poland’s Minister of Culture, Piotr Glinski, said that the discovery of the three paintings was made possible thanks to the intensive work of the Department of War Losses in the Polish Ministry of Culture. 

He told a press conference: “The finding of the three paintings is the result of ongoing and difficult work by the Department of War Losses. Without their knowledge, experience and skills, there would be no such success as today. It is also a result of good and systematic cooperation between the Ministry of Culture, the Police and other institutions.”

In the past six months, Polish police have discovered several other paintings looted by the Nazis from the Krakow National Museum, including the famous painting "Winter in a Small Town" by Maksymilian Gierymski.