Initial check project to search for Nazi-confiscated property has been launched in libraries for the first time
To drive forward the search for Nazi-confiscated property in libraries, the Landesverband Sachsen-Anhalt in the Deutsche Bibliotheksverband e.V. (German Library Association) launched an “initial check” provenance research project in five of Saxony-Anhalt’s municipal libraries on July 1. The German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg is supporting the project with a financial grant over a period of six months. This is the first time that the initial check format has been used in libraries.
“I am delighted with the pioneering role that the Saxony-Anhalt regional association is taking in its libraries. I hope other federal states follow suit and that the initial check establishes itself as successfully in this field as it has done in museums,” said Gilbert Lupfer, academic director of the German Lost Art Foundation.
The project aims to establish whether the media holdings in the selected libraries contain books that may have been confiscated as a result of Nazi persecution (Nazi-confiscated property). The initial check can subsequently determine whether or not there is a need for further, long-term provenance research.
Taking part in the initial check are Landesbibliothek Dessau, Stadtbibliothek Magdeburg, Stadtbibliothek/Harzbücherei Wernigerode, Bibliothek des Europa-Rosariums Sangerhausen and the Francisceumsbibliothek in Zerbst.