German stolen art website down, high demand seen

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Photo provided by the Augsburg, southern Germany, prosecution Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 shows a painting 'Dame in der Loge' (lady in a loge) by German artist Otto Dix that was among the more than 1400 art works that were seized by German authorities in an apartment in Munich in February 2012. Investigators, aided by a leading art historian, are trying to establish the artworks' legal status and history. It's unclear how many of the works might be subject to return to pre-World War II owners. (AP Photo/Staatsanwaltschaft Augsburg)

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say a website featuring art that may have been stolen by the Nazis has crashed because too many people are trying to access it.

Sabine Kramer from the Lost Art Internet Database said Tuesday the website crashed shortly after the German government released a statement Monday night saying it would start posting 25 paintings on www.lostart.de . The paintings are part of a trove of more than 1,400 works of art found in a Munich apartment that are being investigated.

Kramer said the 25 paintings were posted but the server had technical problems.

Germany believes about 590 of the more than 1,400 artworks may have been stolen by the Nazis. It said the website would be updated so people and institutions could tell if they had legitimate claims.