Stolen paintings taken by Nazis returned

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NEW YORK (CNN) – Seven decades after Nazi forces stole paintings from a museum in Warsaw, NY, two paintings by treasured Polish artist Julian Falat are back with their rightful owners.

The cultural artifacts were repatriated and handed over to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski at the Polish Consulate in New York City.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents presented the oil-on-panel wintry scene pictures titled, "Off to the Hunt" and "The Hunt."

ICE says the paintings were discovered in 2006 by Polish officials at an auction in New York.

Since 2007, the U.S. customs agency has repatriated more than 2,500 items to more than 22 countries.

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