Website of the German Lost Art Foundation

Lost Art Database creates transparency for 20 years

Date 2020.04.10

This very day, 20 years ago on April 10, 2000, the Lost Art Database was launched at It records search no­ti­fi­ca­tions and "found" ob­ject list­ings re­lat­ing to Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty and loot­ed prop­er­ty sub­mit­ted by Ger­man and for­eign in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als. In do­ing so, it cre­ates in­ter­na­tion­al trans­paren­cy with re­gard to these ob­jects. The Lost Art Database, that is op­er­at­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, re­al­izes an es­sen­tial mis­sion of the "Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples" (1998) and the "Joint Dec­la­ra­tion" (1999) and thus a key part of Ger­many’s on­go­ing bind­ing com­mit­ment to resti­tu­tion.

On the oc­ca­sion of this an­niver­sary, the Foun­da­tion pub­lished an on­line ar­ti­cle in or­der to ap­pre­ci­ate the database.

Ar­ti­cle „2000—2020: 20 years of in­ter­na­tion­al trans­paren­cy thanks to the Lost Art Database“