Berlin - German authorities have recovered two bronze horse statutes that once stood in front of Adolf Hitler's grand chancellery building in Berlin, as well as other Nazi-era pieces that have been lost for decades.
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Berlin police said Wednesday that authorities in five states conducted coordinated raids as part of a long-term investigation into illegal art trafficking and seized pieces including bronze sculptures by artist Josef Thorak and a granite relief by Arno Breker.
Authorities said eight suspects aged between 64 and 79 are being investigated.
The Bild newspaper reported the two bronze horses by Thorak and two statues of women were last seen in 1989 standing at a sports field that was part of a Soviet barracks near Berlin in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.