- Associated Press - Monday, July 12, 2010

VIENNA (AP) - A commission set up by Austria’s Culture Ministry recommended Friday that four paintings contained in a Vienna art collection should be restituted because they were seized by the Nazis.

The paintings _ one by Egon Schiele and three by Anton Romako _ belong to the Leopold Museum Private Foundation, which has been criticized by the Jewish community and others for allegedly containing works stolen by the Nazis.

The foundation acknowledged the recommendations _ which are nonbinding and were made public Monday _ and said it would seek fair solutions.

The commission said the Romako works used to belong to Oskar Reichel, a Jewish doctor who lived in Vienna. It said the Schiele painting belonged to Jenny Steiner whose assets _ including art _ were confiscated in the late 1930s.

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