Website of the German Lost Art Foundation

Lost Art Database

The Lost Art Database doc­u­ments cul­tur­al as­sets which were dis­placed or re­lo­cat­ed as a re­sult of the events of World War II, or – in the case of Jew­ish own­er­ship – items that were il­le­gal­ly con­fis­cat­ed by the Nazis un­der threat of per­se­cu­tion. The as­sess­ment of lost cul­tur­al as­sets is based on the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples of 1998, to which end Ger­many of­fi­cial­ly pledged to ful­fil its his­toric and moral obli­ga­tions in the Joint Dec­la­ra­tion in 1999. Please no­ti­fy us by e-mail at lostart@kulturgutverluste.de if you wish to re­port an item lost or found on the Lost Art Database.

Online-Portal, “Modul Forschungsergebnisse” (Research Results Module)

In the “Mod­ul Forschungsergeb­nisse”, the Foun­da­tion makes avail­able the re­sults of projects sup­port­ed with pub­lic funds since 2008, with which Ger­man in­sti­tu­tions – par­tic­u­lar­ly mu­se­ums, li­braries and archives – have car­ried out prove­nance re­search in­to Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. These re­sults are pro­vid­ed in the form of fi­nal re­ports and as Ex­cel spread­sheets sort­ed by spe­cif­ic cri­te­ria (all re­ports and spread­sheets are avail­able in Ger­man on­ly).
For da­ta pro­tec­tion rea­sons, on­line ac­cess is re­strict­ed to per­sons with a le­git­i­mate in­ter­est. These per­sons in­clude vic­tims of Nazi art theft, their de­scen­dants, their rep­re­sen­ta­tives, prove­nance re­searchers and aca­demics. In oth­er cas­es, de­ci­sions will be made on an in­di­vid­u­al ba­sis. El­i­gi­bil­i­ty will be ver­i­fied by the Foun­da­tion, who will then grant ac­cess where ap­pro­pri­ate.
The pro­vi­sion of the re­search re­sults is the first step to­wards cre­at­ing a more ex­ten­sive, in­ter­con­nect­ed re­search database for the Foun­da­tion.

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Learn more about the “Mod­ul Forschungsergeb­nisse” (PDF)