German Lost Art Foundation publishes guidelines for the investigation of cultural assets confiscated in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR
The German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg has published Guidelines for the investigation of cultural assets confiscated in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR on its website.
As preparation for these guidelines, a working group headed by the Foundation was formed, which also compiled ideas for the “Confiscation of cultural assets in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR” conference on November 21, 2016, in Berlin.
It has become apparent – more than 25 years after the demise of the GDR – that the historical events, structures and methods, the participating authorities and institutions, the stakeholders and, in particular, the victims and people harmed by the state-operated confiscation of art and cultural assets between 1945 and 1989 have not yet been systematically investigated adequately.
The fundamental need for research exists in the reconstruction of the organizational and operational structure for the seizure and evaluation of art and cultural assets in the GDR, from central level to local level to district level: What party or state leader had decision-making authority, what state organ carried out the confiscation of assets, what state company was commissioned to sell items and redeem the proceeds, and what role was played by experts from the museum, library and university sector?
The first measures initially envisaged in this context are available here.