Bavarian State Library and the Central and Regional Library of Berlin return books – German Lost Art Foundation to fund provenance research
At the autumn meeting of the working group "Provenance Research and Restitution – Libraries" on 9 December, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) and the Central and Regional Library of Berlin (ZLB) officially returned four works from the former Academy of Sciences of Judaism to the Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam. In 1942 the National Socialists closed the academy and confiscated the entire library. Through various channels, the works eventually ended up in the collections of the BSB and ZLB as Nazi-looted works. A representative of the Abraham Geiger College accepted the four volumes as the successor institution of the former academy.
The Bavarian State Library and the Central and Regional Library of Berlin have been combing their collections for Nazi-looted works for over ten years now. The German Lost Art Foundation has been supporting the BSB in this endeavour with special project funding since 2013. From 2009 to 2013 the ZLB conducted a research project financed by the former Bureau for Provenance Research, which has since been integrated into German Lost Art Foundation.