Australia Asia Pacific Jewish Restitution Committee
P.O. Box 154 Balaclava
Victoria, Australia 3183
(613) 9522 8275
(613) 9522 8286 fax
Rabbi Y.I. Riesenberg, Chairman
Mr. Norman Rosenbaum, Legal Counsel
Austria has agreed to return to the Rothschild family some 250 art treasures looted by the Nazis and absorbed into state museums after World War II.
Austria's restitution of the Rothschild collection marks a first step in returning hundreds of other objects to rightful owners. "Austria is signaling a new awareness in dealing with its past," said Elisabeth Gehrer, Minister of Education.
Austria set up a commission of experts last year to trace the origins of art looted during the Third Reich.
A law passed last November provided the basis for returning the objects after research into state archives showed that authorities has extorted certain works from the family in exchange for export permits to remove the larger part of their collection.
The art treasures include paintings, drawings, antique furniture, carpets, weapons and coins.
For more information see http://www.austria.org/press
Büro des Mauerbach-Fonds
Tel: 011/431/53 104
Generalkonservator Dr. Ernst Bacher
1010 Wien, Hofburg, Säulenstiege
Tel: 011/43/1/534 15-201
Fax: 011/43/1/534 15-252
The Commission for Looted Art in Europe is a center of expertise, research, advice and guidance on all aspects of the spoliation of art and other cultural objects during the period 1933-45. ECLA has extensive knowledge of spoliated families, and of dealers and auction houses known to have dealt in looted art from 1933 onwards. ECLA is a non-profit organization that works with an international consultative network of experts, agencies and institutions across 35 countries of Europe and the USA. It is establishing a library and central registry of all information known on spoliated art and other cultural objects. ECLA conducts original historical and provenance research to identify looted works in public and private collections and in the salerooms. It promotes public policy and legislative change in Europe, monitors developments and progress in the implementation of the principles agreed at the Washington Conference, and is working to establish a code of practice with the auction houses and the art trade. It is developing non-confrontational alternative dispute resolution models for dealing with restitution claims. ECLA provides help and guidance to claimants and pursues claims on their behalf. ECLA works with all international organizations in the field and is able to provide advice and background on research developments across the world.
Commission for Looted Art in Europe
Catherine House, 76 Gloucester Place
London W1H 4DQ
Tel: +44 171 487 3401
Fax: +44 171 487 4211
Philippe Douste-Blazy, Minister of Culture
Information on the MNR works, including a searchable catalogue and restitution applications can be found at: http://www.culture.fr/documentation/mnr/pres.htm
Koordinierungsstelle der Länder für die Rückführung von Kulturgütern
Kulturministerium des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt
Tel: 0391 567-3857
Fax: 0391 567-3856
The Koordinierungsstelle's biannual newsletter The Spoils of War can be found at http://www.beutekunst.de/bremen/bremen0.html
The Lost Art Internet Database is a project of the Federal Government of Germany and its Federal States. It registers cultural goods that were transported or stolen because of persecution, especially of Jewish citizens, as a result of World War II or as a result of National Socialism. Museums, libraries, and archives will be able to post information on this web site regarding cultural objects in their possession that may have been stolen during 1933-1945.
Koordinierungsstelle der länder für die rück führung von kulturgütern
beim Kultusministerium des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt
Tel: 0391 / 567 3857
Fax: 0391 / 567 3856
At a meeting in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on March 12, 1998, sixteen Netherlands museum directors announced the establishment of a commission to coordinate and stimulate a detailed inquiry into art acquisitions during and shortly after World War II. In their announcement about the new commission, the directors noted that "the unclear and sometimes problematical history of some objects in the museums' possession from that period warrants special attention." A group of experts from many different disciplines will establish principles and facilitate the investigation. Several Netherlands museums had already initiated an inquiry, and this new initiative will coordinate the individual efforts. The sixteen directors are "actively supporting these investigations and are committed to conducting them in a transparent and open manner.
A separate, broad inquiry into art objects with an unsettled history in the collection of the Government of the Netherlands was instituted by Netherlands State Secretary for Culture Aad Nuis in August, 1997.
The new commission, to be led by Mr. Ronald de Leeuw, General Director of the Rijksmuseum, will be fully supported by the Netherlands Museum Association and the Art Inspection Service of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Madelien de Planque
Press, Information and Cultural Department
Royal Netherlands Embassy
4200 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Britainís museums and galleries published a list of approximately three hundred works suspected of having been looted by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945 on the National Museumís Directorsí Conference web site. This site provides preliminary reports of investigations into the ownership of these works as well as the titles of each piece of work.
A database of stolen works or art, furniture etc maintained by the Thesaurus Group Ltd, which publishes Trace magazine. It is possible to search Traceís online database, but the information provided is limited. Art lost during the holocaust is not identified separately.
Thesaurus Group Ltd Mill Court
Isle of Wight, PO30 2AA.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Tel: +44 171-938 8500
Fax: +44 171-938 8379
Director Commission for Art Recovery
767 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10153
Tel: (212) 521-0102
Fax: (212) 319-8681
Ori Soltes, Director
2633 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-396-4700 or 202-396-2889
The Art Loss Register
20 East 46th St.
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 297-0941
Fax: (212) 972-5091 fax
For more information on the AAMD guidelines, see: www.aamd.org/r060498.shtml
A report on the task force itself can be found at: www.aamd.org/guideln.shtml
For general information on the AAMD, contact:
41 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10021
Phillippe de Montebello, chairman of the AAMD Task Force and director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, can be reached via Harold Holzer at (212) 570-3951, or email@example.com
Robert G. Waite, Ph.D.
Office of Special Investigations
U.S. Department of Justice
1001 G Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20530
The Art Institute of Chicago has posted a listing of more than 500 works on its Internet site in an effort to determine if any of them was Holocaust loot stolen by the Nazis. The paintings and sculptures listed are those in its collection "for which links in the chain of ownership for the years 1933-1945 are still unclear or not yet fully determined."
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has posted seven art works whose incomplete history of ownership suggests that they might have been looted during the period 1933-1945. The museum includes for each of the seven paintings a photograph, chronology of ownership and transactions, as well as the most recent research on its past.
The Met unveiled a list of 393 paintings that have gaps in their provenance during the Nazi Era. For each painting, the museum provides a photograph, a list of signature, marks, and inscriptions, and a history of ownership.
Project for the documentation of Wartime Cultural Losses, administered by the CPRF, a not-for-profit organization based in New York. Does not mediate on behalf of claimants. Web site provides searchable resources based on the final report of the OSS Art Looting Investigation Unit. The ALIU was the allied organization responsible for research into the movement and seizure of art works under the Nazis, operating in the years immediately after the war. The unit interviewed thousands of individuals who were involved, country by country, in some way during the war. The Unitís Final report provides a biographical index of individuals, whose names arose during the course of investigations, including many who were not themselves guilty of looting or involved with the Nazis in any way. The WJC Commission has published an index of the names appearing in this for Art Recovery and by the Art Newspaper.
Web site: http://docproj.loyola.edu/