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Restitution: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek returns books to Masonic Grand Lodge of Austria

Date 2016.09.26

The Bay­erische Staats­bib­lio­thek (Bavar­i­an State Li­brary) has re­turned 30 valu­able books to the Grand Lodge of Aus­tria. The works have been iden­ti­fied as Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. When Aus­tria was an­nexed to Na­tion­al So­cial­ist Ger­many in 1938, the books were tak­en to Mu­nich af­ter Aus­tri­an lodges were closed down, lead­ing freema­sons were ar­rest­ed and their pos­ses­sions were tak­en away.

The Bay­erische Staats­bib­lio­thek has been ac­tive­ly en­gaged in prove­nance re­search since 2003. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion has pro­vid­ed fund­ing to sup­port this re­search work since 2013.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)