"The Gurlitt collection should not continue to exist, tainted as it is," Weidinger says. Photo: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

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‘The Gurlitt collection should be sold to benefit Jewish organisations’

Alfred Weidinger, deputy director of the Belvedere in Vienna, is calling on the Kunstmuseum Bern to make the right choice ("The Gurlitt collection should not continue to exist, tainted as it is," Weidinger says. Photo: Johannes Simon/Getty Images ) Published online: 20 November 2014
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