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