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Initial check project in Saxony-Anhalt now being conducted for the second time

Date 2017.11.01

In or­der to drive ahead the search for Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty in Sax­ony-An­halt, the Mu­se­umsver­band Sach­sen-An­halt e. V. mu­se­um as­so­ci­a­tion is launch­ing an­oth­er ini­tial check project. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion in Magde­burg is sup­port­ing the project with a fi­nan­cial grant over a pe­ri­od of two years.

The aim of the ini­tial check is to ex­am­ine 17 mu­se­ums in the re­gion in or­der to de­ter­mine whether there are any sus­pect­ed cul­tur­al as­sets seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion (Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty) in any of the col­lec­tions. The ini­tial check may sub­se­quent­ly de­ter­mine whether or not there is a need for fur­ther, long-term prove­nance re­search. The re­sults ob­tained from the project al­so promise to pro­vide new find­ings about the mu­se­ums and their col­lec­tions and about lo­cal play­ers and their net­works in the Na­tion­al So­cial­ist pe­ri­od.

The mu­se­ums tak­ing part in the ini­tial check are Bern­burg cas­tle mu­se­um, Bit­ter­feld dis­trict mu­se­um, the Mu­se­um of Nat­u­ral His­to­ry and Pre­his­to­ry in Dessau, Dies­dorf open air mu­se­um, Neuen­burg cas­tle mu­se­um in Frey­burg, the Heineanum mu­se­um in Hal­ber­stadt, the Prig­nitz mu­se­um in Havel­berg cathe­dral, Lützen cas­tle mu­se­um, Os­ter­burg dis­trict mu­se­um, Tanger­münde civic mu­se­ums, the Spen­gler Mu­se­um in Sanger­hausen, the Sal­z­land­mu­se­um in Schönebeck, the Winck­el­mann Mu­se­um in Sten­dal, the Börde Mu­se­um Burg Um­men­dorf, Neu-Au­gus­tus­burg cas­tle mu­se­um in Weißen­fels, the Harz­mu­se­um Wernigerode and Zör­big cas­tle lo­cal his­to­ry mu­se­um.

There are al­ready com­pa­ra­ble projects in Bran­den­burg, Bavaria, Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern, south­ern Low­er Sax­ony and East Frisia.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Project de­scrip­tion off the first ini­tial check project by the Musumsver­band Sach­sen-An­halt e. V.

Mu­se­umsver­band Sach­sen-An­halt e.V.