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H.R. 4625 (97th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Army to return to the Federal Republic of Germany certain works of art seized by the United States Army at the end of World War II.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 17, 1982 (Passed Congress).


96 STAT. 14                        PUBLIC LAW 97-155—MAR. 17, 1982

                    Public Law 97-155
                    97th Congress
                                                      An Act
 Mar. 17, 1982      To authorize the Secretary of the Army to return to the Federal Republic of Ger-
  [H.R. 4625]         many certain works of art seized by the United States Army at the end of World
                      Warn.

                      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Federal Republic'   United States of America in Congress assembled, TTiat (a) the Secre-
of Germany,         tary of the Anny may transfer to the Federal Republic of Ger-
return of certain
seized works        many, without compensation, title to, and custody of, certain works
of art.             of art seized from the Gterman Government by the United States
                    Army after World War 11. Before any such transfer may be made,
                    the Secretary of the Army shall establish an interdepartmental
                    committee to review such works of art. Such committee shall
                    include one member designated by the United States Holocaust
                    Memorial Council (established pursuant to the Act entitled "An
                    Act to establish the United States Memorial Council" (94 Stat.
                    1547; 36 U.S.C. 1402)). Any such work of art determined by the
                    committee to be inappropriate for such transfer under the provi-
                    sions of part n , section A, of the Protocol of the Proceedings of the
                    Berlin (Potsdam) Conference of July 17 through August 2, 1945,
                    may not be so transferred.
Prohibition.          (b) No funds of the United States may be expended in connection
                    with any transportation or handling costs incidental to any trans-
                    fer authorized by subsection (a).
                      Approved March 17, 1982.




                    LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 4625:
                    HOUSE REPORT No. 97-298 (Comm. on Armed Services).
                    SENATE REPORT No. 97-291 (Comm. on Armed Services).
                    CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
                        Vol. 127 (1981): Nov. 4, considered and passed House.
                        Vol. 128 (1982): Feb. 25, considered and passed Senate, amended.
                                         Mar. 2, House concurred in Senate amendments.