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