Inter-Departmental Group on Restitution of Cultural Heritage
On April 3, 2001, former prime minister Jerzy Buzek established this commission to handle cultural assets looted as a result of World War II. The commission’s tasks include researching the effects of World War II in terms of cultural heritage and cooperating with governmental and private organizations to return plundered cultural assets.
The members of the Commission include
- Maciej Musial, Chairman
- Grazyna Bernatowicz
- Stanislaw Zurowski
- Wojciech Kowalski
- Robert Kostro
Wojciech Kowalski, Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Al. J. Ch. Szucha 23
00580 Warsaw, Poland
Telephone: +1 48 22 52390996
+1 48 22 8271120
Fundacja "Polsko-Niemieckie Pojednanie"
["German-Polish Reconciliation" Foundation] The foundation was established in February 1992 to provide assistance to former slave and forced laborers of the National Socialist regime. It is a partner organization of the Austrian Fund for Reconciliation, Peace, and Cooperation. The foundation is governed by a board of trustees, which is made up of five members:
- Prof. Jerry Sulek, Chairman
- Jan Parys, Vice Chairman
- Andrzej Tlomacki, Secretary
- Andrzej Chmielarz
- Janusz Drap
In 1997, Poland passed legislation providing for the return of Jewish communal property. No legislation has yet been passed mandating the return of stolen or looted artwork.
Poland participated in the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets.
Poland participated in the London Conference on Nazi Gold.
Poland participated in the Vilnius International Forum on Holocaust Era Looted Cultural Assets. Proceedings of the Forum can be found at http://www.vilniusforum.lt.