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Klassik Stiftung Weimar discovers Nazi-confiscated assets of Jewish ownership and other Nazi victims

Date 2016.07.24

In a project fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, the Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar has iden­ti­fied cul­tur­al as­sets which were il­le­gal­ly seized from Jew­ish own­ers through Nazi per­se­cu­tion, along with sev­er­al works con­fis­cat­ed from oth­er vic­tims of the Nazis.

In the past few years, a to­tal of 68 such cas­es have been dis­cov­ered. The works in ques­tion are books which orig­i­nal­ly be­longed to li­braries owned by po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents of the Nazis, such as work­ers’ unions and the So­cial Demo­crat­ic Par­ty (SPD).

With the sup­port of the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, the Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar has been sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether its col­lec­tions con­tain Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty.

Project de­scrip­tion