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Defending National TreasuresFrench Art and Heritage Under Vichy$
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Elizabeth Karlsgodt

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770187

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770187.001.0001

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Defending National Treasures
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This chapter summarizes the main themes covered in the preceding discussions. It discusses continuities from the Third Republic to Vichy and the postwar period; the patrimonial legislation spawned by the Occupation; the question of whether anti-Semitism influenced arts policy; the importance of le patrimoine in present-day France; and postwar international cooperation to protect cultural patrimony. It concludes that the most valuable lesson to be learned from the legacy of Vichy patrimonial policy is that governments, museums, and other institutions have a solemn duty of just restitution in response to just claims.

Keywords:   Vichy regime, France, arts policy, cultural policy, anti-Semitism, patrimonial legislation, restitutions

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