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.
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