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Federal Commissioner for GDR State Security Service Records (BStU) visits German Lost Art Foundation

Date 2017.01.16

Roland Jahn, Fed­er­al Com­mis­sion­er for the Records of the State Se­cu­ri­ty Ser­vice of the for­mer GDR, has vis­it­ed the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.

Dur­ing the joint ex­change, he found out more about the Foun­da­tion’s ac­tiv­i­ties and key fo­cus ar­eas, and in par­tic­u­lar about the cur­rent sta­tus of fund­ing re­lat­ing to the con­fis­ca­tion of cul­tur­al as­sets in the So­vi­et Oc­cu­pa­tion Zone and the GDR. Mr. Jahn said he thought it was a good idea to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly ex­am­ine the archive hold­ings of the GDR State Se­cu­ri­ty Ser­vice (Stasi) in re­la­tion to lost cul­tur­al as­sets. It would be con­ceiv­able for a find­ing aid to be cre­at­ed from this re­search, he said. Jahn al­so pledged to pro­vide max­i­mum sup­port to the Foun­da­tion if the archive hold­ings of the GDR State Se­cu­ri­ty Ser­vice could be of use to the Foun­da­tion’s re­search work. The archive would al­so treat the Foun­da­tion’s re­search re­quests as a pri­or­i­ty, par­tic­u­lar­ly giv­en the his­tor­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal im­por­tance of the re­mit of both in­sti­tu­tions.

Roland Jahn, Bundesbeauftragter für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen DDR Roland Jahn, Bundesbeauftragter für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen DDR Roland Jahn, Bundesbeauftragter für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen DDR Source:  BStU / Ronny Rozum