Website of the German Lost Art Foundation

State and University Library Hamburg: Inserts tell stories of Nazi-confiscated books

Date 2017.02.17

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.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

“Prove­nance re­search – Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty” of­fice at the Carl von Ossi­et­zky State and Uni­ver­si­ty Li­brary Ham­burg (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Einleger der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky Einleger der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky Source:  Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky