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Bavarian State Library and the Central and Regional Library of Berlin return books – German Lost Art Foundation to fund provenance research

Date 2015.12.10

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.

Press re­lease by the Bavar­i­an State Li­brary (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)