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Long-lost Stradivarius violin looted by Nazis is found in France

By Charles Bremner

02 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

A Stradivarius violin that vanished after Nazi occupiers looted it from the National Museum in Warsaw in 1944 has been found in France. The Times look at the impressive history of the instrument.

A violin in France has been tentatively identified as a well-known Stradivarius that vanished after Nazi occupiers looted it from the National Museum in Warsaw in 1944.

Experts have concluded that the instrument appears to match the description of the Lauterbach Stradivarius that was made by Antonio Stradivari in 1719, when the Italian luthier was at the height of his powers, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

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