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Bayerische Staatsbibliothek restitutes 67 works

Date 2017.09.27

The Bay­erische Staats­bib­lio­thek (Bavar­i­an State Li­brary—BSB) has re­turned 67 books pre­vi­ous­ly owned by the “Vere­ins katholis­ch­er Re­li­gion­slehrer an den höheren Lehranstal­ten Bay­erns” to its suc­ces­sor or­ga­ni­za­tion, the “Ver­band der katholis­chen Re­li­gion­slehrer und Re­li­gion­slehrerin­nen an den Gym­nasien in Bay­ern e.V.” (KRGB).

Af­ter re­sist­ing the pres­sure of “Gle­ich­schal­tung”, or the im­po­si­tion of to­tal­i­tar­i­an con­trol, for as long as pos­si­ble, the as­so­ci­a­tion was dis­solved by the Nazi regime in 1938 and its pos­ses­sions liq­ui­dat­ed. In 1938, the then Bavar­i­an Min­istry of Cul­ture of­fered the as­so­ci­a­tion’s li­brary to the Bay­erische Staats­bib­lio­thek, which se­lect­ed a to­tal of 110 works and in­cor­po­rat­ed them in­to its hold­ings. With the aid of the ac­qui­si­tion list that had been passed down, it was pos­si­ble to iden­ti­fy 67 ti­tles from this list in the BSB’s hold­ings.

The Bay­erische Staats­bib­lio­thek has been ac­tive­ly en­gaged in prove­nance re­search since 2003. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion has pro­vid­ed fund­ing to sup­port this re­search work since 2013.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)