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Foundation promotes trust-based cooperation in return procedures

Date 2018.10.15

On Oc­to­ber 10, 2018, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion held a round ta­ble in Berlin on the theme of “Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty—over­com­ing dis­trust”. Among those in­vit­ed to the dis­cus­sion were rep­re­sen­ta­tives of vic­tims and sur­vivors of Nazi theft as well as lawyers and ex­perts from mu­se­ums, li­braries and archives. The aim of the di­a­log was to iden­ti­fy ob­sta­cles in the search for fair and just so­lu­tions in ac­cor­dance with the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples and dis­cuss mea­sures for ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of these prin­ci­ples. The sug­ges­tions cov­ered a wide spec­trum: from uni­form stan­dards for ac­tion and pro­ce­du­ral reg­u­la­tions in resti­tu­tion cas­es to cen­tral in­for­ma­tion and sup­port mea­sures for vic­tims and sur­viv­ing rel­a­tives, bet­ter co­op­er­a­tion be­tween all par­ties to the pro­ceed­ings and the prop­er or­ga­ni­za­tion of dis­pute res­o­lu­tion au­thor­i­ties. All the par­tic­i­pants agreed that prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions could be de­vel­oped and pro­ce­dures ac­cel­er­at­ed as a re­sult of the var­i­ous sug­ges­tions put for­ward at the round ta­ble. The di­a­log chaired by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion is to be con­tin­ued.

* Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste