Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle restitutes Nazi-confiscated property
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.