More than 3,100 objects reported as restituted via online form
More than 18 public organizations have reported over 3,100 objects as restituted to date using the online reporting procedure introduced by the German Lost Art Foundation. The procedure allows cultural heritage institutions in Germany to submit details of restitutions of Nazi-confiscated property via an online form. Well over half of the reported objects are library materials.
With this online reporting procedure, which has been in place for a year, the Foundation has broken new ground as regards documenting fair and just solutions. Cultural heritage institutions in Germany have restituted numerous works of art, books and other cultural goods on a decentralized basis so far, or have found other just and fair solutions in accordance with the Washington Principles of 1998 and the Joint Declaration of 1999. Previously, there was no overview of all the restitutions that had taken place. This need was addressed with the introduction of the online reporting procedure on the German Lost Art Foundation’s website.
The aim of the online reporting procedure is to provide a continuous overview for researchers and also for the descendants of persons whose property was expropriated. This overview makes the progress of restitutions clear and can offer examples for as yet unresolved cases. Public and private museums, libraries and archives can use this service on a voluntary basis.
The German version of the online reporting procedure is accessible at any time via the Foundation’s website.