Tübingen city museum restitutes gold scales - Foundation funds the research
Tübingen city museum has returned a set of small gold scales dating from the 18th century to the heirs of their Jewish former owner, Adolf Dessauer. The scales had been identified as Nazi-confiscated property. The restitution is the result of a three-year research project funded by the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg.
The scales were acquired from the estate of the elderly optician Adolf Dessauer for 10 Reichsmarks on January 11, 1939. It has not been possible to reconstruct the circumstances of the sale in their entirety. The scales might also have been passed to family members, who lived in Tübingen and Stuttgart, in 1939. The city museum therefore assumes that they were relinquished under pressure in order to pay compulsory taxes. For that reason, the City of Tübingen decided to give the scales back to Dessauer’s heirs.
Since April 2015, the city museum has been systematically researching the provenance of objects in its collections that are suspected of being cultural assets seized as a result of Nazi persecution (Nazi-confiscated property). The aim is to return objects with problematic origins where appropriate.
Project description (only German version)