Foundation promotes trust-based cooperation in return procedures
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.