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From World War II Europe to contemporary Cambodia, the looting of cultural treasures has long been a part of war. At first, the ethics don’t seem too complicated: Just give it back, right? But what if it’s 50 years later and both looters and looted are dead? Is the stolen painting you innocently bought a piece of war booty, a historical accident, or both? Thanks to the end of the Cold War and the opening of the U.S.S.R.’s loot warehouses, the issue of stolen art is making headlines once again. Suss out the “Moral and Legal Implications of Holocaust Art Restitution” with a panel of lawmakers, scholars, curators, lawyers, and gumshoes convened by the National Jewish Museum. From 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 857-6603. (Michael Schaffer)