The Nation

In an unprecedented case dealing with rare Hebrew books that were smuggled out of Berlin in 1940, Sotheby's auction house has agreed to recall from buyers books and manuscripts sold last summer and redistribute them to public institutions, it was disclosed in papers filed in New York State Supreme Court. The papers spelled out an out-of-court settlement under which Sotheby's waived all profits from the $2.2-million sale of the collection of 56 Jewish books and manuscripts consigned to the auction house by Dr. Alexander Guttmann.

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