BBC A New York Times headline summed up one view of the missing art story: "Art trove a triumph over Nazism," it announced.
I wonder. For art historians, perhaps the sheer survival of these magnificent paintings is enough.
But reading through some of the comments online, it seemed clear that some saw the story through a very different lens - another tale of Jewish wealth and privilege, as though every Jewish family in pre-war Europe owned a Picasso or a Matisse. And as though anyone who now came forward to claim ownership was greedily depriving the public of works that rightfully belonged in museums.
So, maybe not such a triumph over Nazism after all?
The more I read, the more I found myself thinking about my own family's history. And my own obsessive interest in finding out what had survived the war - and what had been lost.