Website of the German Lost Art Foundation

More than 3,100 objects reported as restituted via online form

Date 2019.06.13

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.