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