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Byline: Jan Crawford Greenburg
WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would decide whether an elderly California woman can sue to recover $135 million in artwork the Nazis allegedly stole from her Jewish uncle during World War II.
The justices will review a 2002 ruling by a California-based federal appeals court that allowed Maria Altmann to proceed with her lawsuit against Austria and the state-owned Austrian Gallery, where the paintings now are located. She and her family have tried for decades to recover the six Gustav Klimt paintings that her wealthy uncle once owned.
The case involves heart-wrenching issues that have rocked the art …