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Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte restitutes 27 books owned by August Liebmann Mayer to his heir

Date 2017.01.12

The Zen­tralin­sti­tut für Kun­st­geschichte (ZI) in Mu­nich has re­turned 27 books be­long­ing to Jew­ish art his­to­ri­an Au­gust Lieb­mann May­er (1885–1944) to his daugh­ter, An­ge­li­ka May­er. The works have been iden­ti­fied as Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. The resti­tu­tion is the re­sult of a re­search project fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.

Fol­low­ing per­se­cu­tion by the Nazis, Au­gust Lieb­mann May­er em­i­grat­ed to France in 1935. He was de­port­ed to Auschwitz in 1944, where he was mur­dered. His li­brary was seized in 1942 and stored at Kogl Cas­tle, where it was lat­er dis­cov­ered by Amer­i­can forces and tak­en to the Cen­tral Col­lect­ing Point (CCP) in Mu­nich. The CCP trans­ferred the books to the li­brary of the new­ly es­tab­lished Zen­tralin­sti­tut für Kun­st­geschichte on May 3, 1947.

An­ge­li­ka May­er is loan­ing the 27 books to the ZI li­brary, where they are once again avail­able for use. No­tices in the pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble ZI on­line cat­a­log and in the books them­selves re­mind read­ers of May­er’s fate and the prove­nance of the books.

Project de­scrip­tion

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