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    Pinning for the great links in the comments that tells the actual story- The real story is very interesting all by itself :)

    American soldiers discover Monet's “In the Conservatory” that was hidden (amongst other Nazi loot) in the salt mines of Merker, Germany. 1945. National Archives

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