Bayerische Staatsbibliothek restitutes three books owned by August Liebmann Mayer to his heir
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has returned three books belonging to Jewish art historian August Liebmann Mayer (1885–1944) to his daughter Angelika Liebmann. The works have been identified as Nazi-confiscated property.
Mayer was arrested in 1944 and deported to Auschwitz, where he was murdered. A large part of his library is thought to be lost. The three books that have now been restituted were given to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek by the Gestapo in 1939. It can be assumed that more of the art historian’s books were originally held at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and were probably destroyed in the fire of 1943 together with the holdings from the art reading room.
August Liebmann Mayer’s daughter has donated the three works to the Staatsbibliothek as a gift. They can therefore be borrowed from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holdings, and specially designed bookplates remind readers of the history of August Liebmann Mayer and the provenance of the books.
The books were identified in the course of provenance research at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The library has been examining its holdings for Nazi-confiscated property since 2003 and has received project funding for these activities from the Bureau for Provenance Research (now the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg) since 2013.