Meeting of the "Provenance Research and Restitution – Libraries" working group: German Lost Art Foundation optimises the Lost Art Database
At the fifth meeting of the "Provenance Research and Restitution – Libraries" working group (Arbeitskreis "Provenienzforschung und Restitution - Bibliotheken") in Speyer, the head of the Lost Art Database and Documentation Department at the German Lost Art Foundation Peter Prölß gave a presentation on the planned optimisation of the Lost Art Database. The goal, according to Prölß, is to increase the quality of the data, improve the search functions and make the research findings from its funded projects available to future projects. To this end the Foundation is currently reviewing its policies for reporting and deleting entries.
The Lost Art Database has evolved into a central instrument in the search for cultural assets seized through Nazi persecution or removed as a result of war. The database currently contains 166,800 detailed entries and several million briefly described items. These now include more than 36,600 items in the holdings of German cultural institutions for which confiscation as a result of Nazi persecution cannot be ruled out.