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Bayerische Staatsbibliothek restitutes three books owned by August Liebmann Mayer to his heir

Date 2016.12.08

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.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on re­search of Nazi loot