The Italian Foreign Ministry relaunches its commitment to recover eight important Italian works of art smuggled out of our Country during World War II. The eight masterpieces, illegally purchased by Göring in 1942, include works by Titian, Tintoretto, Carpaccio, and Domenico Veneziano, which are currently exhibited at the National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade.
The future steps to be taken to relaunch the request for international judicial assistance addressed to Serbia were agreed in a meeting coordinated by the Director General for International Judicial Cooperation, Luigi Vignali, which was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Cultural Heritage, of the Office of the Attorney General in Bologna and of the Caribinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property.
"We want to bring these eight POWs back home,” said Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano. He added: “We are confident that the Serbian Authorities, with which we have established positive contacts within a very long-dated friendly relationship, will be willing to join our effort to undertake a path of tangible cooperation.”