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Restitution: Institute for the History of the German Jews returns six books to the Israelite Religious Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria

Date 2016.06.10

Last week, the In­sti­tute for the His­to­ry of the Ger­man Jews (IGdJ) in Ham­burg re­turned six books be­long­ing to its his­tor­i­cal Coss­mann Wern­er Li­brary col­lec­tion to the Is­raelite Re­li­gious Com­mu­ni­ty of Mu­nich and Up­per Bavaria.

The resti­tu­tion comes as a re­sult of an IGdJ project which sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed and cat­a­logued works in its col­lec­tions which were pub­lished pri­or to 1945 and were like­ly il­le­gal­ly seized by the Nazis. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion will be fund­ing the project for a pe­ri­od of three years.
Uwe Hart­mann, head of the Prove­nance Re­search De­part­ment at the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, held a speech on the oc­ca­sion of the of­fi­cial hand-over: "The Coss­mann Wern­er Li­brary was one of the most im­por­tant li­braries of Jew­ish and He­brew lit­er­a­ture in Ger­many un­til the tyran­ny of the Na­tion­al So­cial­ists de­stroyed the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty and Jew­ish cul­tur­al life here. I am de­light­ed that yet an­oth­er fair and just so­lu­tion has been found with to­day’s resti­tu­tion."

The IGdJ is one of six in­sti­tu­tions in Ham­burg cur­rent­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ing their hold­ings for Nazi con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty with fi­nan­cial sup­port from the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Dr. Uwe Hartmann, Head of the department for Provenance Reasearch at the German Lost Art Foundation, holds a speech on the occasion of the official hand-over Dr. Uwe Hartmann, Head of the department for Provenance Reasearch at the German Lost Art Foundation, holds a speech on the occasion of the official hand-over Dr. Uwe Hartmann, Head of the department for Provenance Reasearch at the German Lost Art Foundation, holds a speech on the occasion of the official hand-over Source:  Insitute for the History of the German Jews