Restitution: Freemasons’ lodge “Friedrich zu den Drei Quellen” receives book back
The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB) has returned a book to the library of the Freemasons’ lodge “Friedrich zu den Drei Quellen” in Bad Pyrmont. The book had been identified as Nazi-confiscated property.
The lodge was established in Bad Pyrmont in 1776 and disbanded and expropriated by the Nazis in 1935. In 1958, the book “Erläuterungen des Lehrlings-Katechismus” by Robert Fischer was donated as a gift to the Berliner Stadtbibliothek, one of the predecessors of the ZLB. Like many other works from Freemasons’ lodge libraries, it probably ended up in the library holdings after the end of the war via an allocation from the “Bergungsstelle für wissenschaftliche Bibliotheken”. Books which have been identified as gifts and which entered the holdings in the post-war period have frequently been identified as suspicious in the past.
The book is registered as a found object in the Lost Art Database operated by the German Lost Art Foundation.
The ZLB has been examining its holdings for Nazi-confiscated property for over ten years. From 2009 to 2013, it was financially supported by the former Bureau for Provenance Research, now the German Lost Art Foundation.