(National Post) Max Stern was given a choice.

Do nothing, some Nazi thugs informed him, and risk never seeing his mother Selma again or else begin selling off the Stern family’s priceless art collection for whatever price a renowned Jewish art dealer — in Hitler’s Germany of 1938 — could get and then use the proceeds to pay for his mother’s exit visa so she could join him in exile in London, England.

“His choice, basically, was: you need to pay this much and you had better find a way to come up with the money,” says Clarence Epstein, who spearheads Concordia University’s Max Stern Art Restitution Project.

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