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Toledo's World War II art connection

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School students and Toledo residents wait in line outside the Toledo Museum of Art to view more than 90 European paintings Nazis had buried deep in a German salt mine. In 1949, more than 100,000 people streamed into the museum in a 10-day exhibit of paintings.

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An Army escort brings the more than 90 European paintings Nazis had buried deep in a German salt mine to the Toledo Museum of Art .

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Toledo residents wait in line inside the Toledo Museum of Art to view more paintings Nazis had hid.

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Toledo residents and Catawba Island school students wait in line inside the Toledo Museum of Art.

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The Toledo Blade bused students to the Toledo Museum of Art to view more than 90 European paintings Nazis had buried deep in a German salt mine.

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Crates of artwork are opened up under Army supervision.

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People in a gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art.

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Guards watch over crates of European masterpieces.

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Photo shows the convoy that delivered the paintings included in the 1949 European Masterpieces exhibit of paintings that came to Toledo as the last stop of an American tour.

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Photo shows the convoy that delivered the paintings, which had been stored in a German salt mine during World War II. They were taken to the U.S. for safekeeping, where they went on a tour through museums in cities including Toledo, and later returned to Germany.

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Lines of people waiting to see a 1949 exhibit called European Masterpieces from Berlin Museums wait outside the Toledo Museum of Art.

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Otto Wittmann of the Toledo Museum of Art points at one of the paintings on display at the museum in 1949.

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