Restitution notification form (cultural property expropriated as a result of Nazi persecution)
for museums, libraries, and archives in Germany
regarding completed just and fair solutions, in particular the restitution of cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution
in implementation of the “Declaration of the Federal Government, the Länder and the central municipal associations on the tracing and restitution of cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution, in particular from Jewish ownership” of December 1999
Explanation of the online restitution notification form
With the signing of the “Washington Principles” of 1998 and the “Joint Declaration”, the federal, state and local governments recognize their responsibility to come to terms with the theft of Nazi cultural property. Since then, numerous works of art, books, and other cultural property has been restituted by the cultural property preservation institutions in Germany. Or, in the spirit of the Washington Principles, other just and fair solutions have been found. These do justice to the fates of the victims and former owners and their surviving dependents as well as to the responsibility and public service mission of museums, libraries, and archives.
Because such solutions are found in a decentralized manner and depend on the individual circumstances of each case, the public – especially science and research – have so far lacked a reliable and continuously updated overall view that makes progress clear and can serve as an example for unresolved issues.
The German Lost Art Foundation would like to close this gap in accordance with its statutory mission. We therefore ask all museums, libraries, and archives in Germany to inform the Foundations about restitutions or other just and fair solutions in connection with cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution and to use the online restitution notification form for this purpose. Please provide us with at least the information that you also use in your press and public relations work.
Private institutions are, of course, free to participate in the online restitution report as well as long as they wish to report on a fair and equitable resolution or restitution.
The information provided will be collected, stored, processed, and used exclusively within the framework and for the fulfillment of the statutory tasks of the Foundation. Insofar as personal data is involved, the collection, storage, processing, and use will take place only to the extent permitted by the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Otherwise, participation in online restitution reporting is on a legally voluntary basis.