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The Stadtbibliothek Bautzen returns another piece of Nazi confiscated property

Date 2016.04.05

The Stadt­bib­lio­thek Bautzen (Bautzen Mu­nic­i­pal Libary) has re­turned a sec­ond piece of Nazi con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. Prove­nance re­searchers stum­bled across a four-vol­ume edi­tion of the en­cy­clopae­dia "Die neue Volk­shochschule. Bib­lio­thek für mod­erne Geis­tes­bil­dung" (The New Peo­ple’s Col­lege. Li­brary for Mod­ern Learn­ing) from 1925.

The vol­umes had once be­longed to the Bautzen Con­struc­tion Trade Union and, through cir­cum­stances not yet pre­cise­ly known, found their way in­to the col­lec­tions of the mu­nic­i­pal li­brary. The books have now been re­turned to their le­gal suc­ces­sor, the IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt. Union rep­re­sen­ta­tives have agreed to leave the vol­umes in the col­lec­tion of the mu­nic­i­pal li­brary so that the pub­lic may have ac­cess to them in the fu­ture.

The prove­nance re­search ef­forts were part of a project fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion. The Foun­da­tion has grant­ed the li­brary 168,000 eu­ros in fund­ing over the next three years to fi­nance the sys­tem­at­ic search for Nazi con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty.

Press re­lease by the Stadt­bib­lio­thek Bautzen (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)