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Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle restitutes Nazi-confiscated property

Date 2017.07.05

Kun­st­mu­se­um Moritzburg in Halle (Saale) has resti­tut­ed 17 ob­jects that have been iden­ti­fied as Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty.

The col­lec­tion con­sists of ev­ery­day items such as sil­ver tongs and ob­jects used for re­li­gious rit­u­als, e.g. Sab­bath cel­e­bra­tions. Kun­st­mu­se­um Moritzburg Halle ac­quired the ob­jects for its hold­ings in 1940.

From May 2011 to De­cem­ber 2013, the Bu­reau for Prove­nance Re­search (now the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion) fund­ed Kun­st­mu­se­um Moritzburg’s sys­tem­at­ic search for Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty with­in its own hold­ings.

De­spite in­ten­sive re­search, it has not been pos­si­ble to iden­ti­fy the own­ers and thus the right­ful heirs. In view of this, it was agreed with the Jew­ish Claims Con­fer­ence (JCC) and the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion that this en­tire col­lec­tion of items would be for­mal­ly resti­tut­ed to the JCC (rep­re­sent­ing the uniden­ti­fied own­ers and their heirs) and will re­main in Kun­st­mu­se­um Moritzburg on per­ma­nent loan from the JCC.

* Unbekannter Goldschmied, Liegnitz, Schlesien: Jungfernbecher, Ende 17. Jahrhundert, Silber, getrieben, montiert, H. 18,5 cm Source:  Foto: Klaus E. Göltz