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Oldenburg State Museum presents Nazi-confiscated property from private collections and households

Date 2017.11.17

As part of the spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion “Herkun­ft verpflichtet! Die Geschichte hin­ter den Werken”, the State Mu­se­um for Art and Cul­tur­al His­to­ry in Old­en­burg is, for the first time, pre­sent­ing five ob­jects from pri­vate col­lec­tions and house­holds which are sus­pect­ed of be­ing Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty, or which have al­ready been iden­ti­fied as such.

Since March, Old­en­burg State Mu­se­um, Stadt­mu­se­um Old­en­burg and Schloss­mu­se­um Jev­er have of­fered fam­i­lies in the Weser-Ems re­gion the op­por­tu­ni­ty to hand in heir­looms that they know are, or sus­pect to be, Jew­ish prop­er­ty seized by the Nazis. The items can be hand­ed in as items on loan at any of the three mu­se­ums.

The aim of the ini­tia­tive is to fa­cil­i­tate the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and han­dover of Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty, store sub­mit­ted ob­jects ap­pro­pri­ate­ly and ex­hib­it them in or­der to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion on their past own­ers, trace their de­scen­dants and ul­ti­mate­ly resti­tute the ob­jects.

The five ob­jects that have been hand­ed in to date, and which are now on dis­play in the spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion in Old­en­burg, are:

  • A Bauhaus style tea set, 1920s, pewter
  • A draw­ing by Bouke van der Sloot: land­scape, ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry
  • An or­na­men­tal plate, porce­lain
  • Two Dutch tile pic­tures de­pict­ing a lock on the Rhine, ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry, ce­ram­ic and wood

Pho­tographs from the lender’s fam­i­ly en­vi­ron­ment are al­so on dis­play. The pri­vate­ly owned ob­jects will al­so be pub­lished in the Lost Art Database op­er­at­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.