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“Initial check” project introduced in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Date 2017.03.09

In its no­tices (25 | 2016), the Mu­se­umsver­band in Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern e. V. has pre­sent­ed the project “Prove­nance re­search in Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern – An ini­tial check”, which has been un­der way since Au­gust 2016 and is fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion for an ini­tial pe­ri­od of two years.

The aim of the ini­tial check is to re­ex­am­ine a sec­tion of the his­to­ry of se­lect­ed small and re­gion­al mu­se­ums in or­der to de­ter­mine whether there are any sus­pect­ed cul­tur­al as­sets seized through Nazi per­se­cu­tion (Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty) in any of the col­lec­tions. The ini­tial check can sub­se­quent­ly de­ter­mine whether or not there is a need for fur­ther, long-term prove­nance re­search.

The ini­tial check re­search in Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern is fo­cus­ing on items that were wrong­ful­ly seized from their Jew­ish, Com­mu­nist, So­cial Demo­crat, Catholic or oth­er own­ers dur­ing the Nazi pe­ri­od be­tween 1933 and 1945, and which have end­ed up in the mu­se­ums’ col­lec­tions.