Sculptures confiscated by Nazis to be displayed

Emy Roeder's sculpture Pregnant Woman (1918)

A sculpture collection which was condemned by Hitler's Nazis is set to go on display later at Berlin's Neues Museum.

The 11 pieces of art, which date back from the early 20th Century, were discovered on a building site in the city centre last year.

They belonged to a collection of 15,000 works which Hitler's regime dubbed "degenerate art".

The statues were found during a dig to lay down a new underground train line.

The terracotta and bronze statues were criticised by Hitler's regime for containing "deviant" sexual elements and anti-nationalistic themes.

Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit said that finding the sculptures is a "small miracle" that "shows a lot about the dark times of the city".

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