State and University Library Hamburg: Inserts tell stories of Nazi-confiscated books
The Carl von Ossietzky State and University Library Hamburg has added inserts to books that it received as donations and which have been identified as Nazi-confiscated property. The inserts contain information about the history of each book and about the former owner from whom it was wrongfully confiscated by the Nazi regime.
Uwe M. Schneede, member of the executive board of the German Lost Art Foundation, praised the commitment of the State and University Library Hamburg: “Incorporating the victims’ biographies and information about the origin of the books into the holdings so clearly underpins the library’s responsible approach to dealing with its own history.”
The State and University Library Hamburg has been intensively investigating its own holdings for Nazi-confiscated property since 2006. The Bureau for Provenance Research (now the German Lost Art Foundation) provided funding to support this research work between 2009 and 2013. The “Provenance research – Nazi-confiscated property” office, based at the library, was formed in 2014 as a result of the original project. It identifies Nazi-confiscated items among the holdings, records them and arranges their return to the rightful owners or their heirs.