>> This is art the Nazis considered degenerate, and sold to raise money for the war effort. Pieces from a $1 billion treasure trove being unveiled in Switzerland on Friday. German expressionist artist, Otto Dix, this is his
once said, I will either be famous or infamous. But the infamy here is around the history of what happened to these masterpieces.
>> Symbolizing aspects of national history.>> This is the kind of art that Nazi's liked, but Adolf Hitler's regime considered modern art un-German. Even Jewish or Communist. They stole art from Jewish people and looted Germany's state museums for Expressionist and Impressionist pieces such as these. The Bern Fine Arts Museum inherited the collection three ago from Cornelius Gurlitt, who hid the sketches and paintings in his Munich home.
His art dealer father was tasked by Hitler's government with selling the works in the 1940s. Nina Zimmer, Director at Bern's Fine Arts Museum, said the intention is to return artworks to their rightful owners.>> Every restitution is a victory for us, that's what we're working for.>> But for now, they are being restored and protected in Switzerland.
Hidden from the public eye for decades, but set to return later this year.