Association of Jewish Libraries

Association of Jewish Libraries Votes to Support a Resolution on Nazi-era Looted Art and Books

The Council of the Association of Jewish Libraries voted to send a resolution in support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany and the World Jewish Restitution Organization. The resolution follows:

Association of Jewish Libraries Resolution on Nazi-era Looted Cultural Property

The Association of Jewish Libraries, representing over 1000 members world-wide, recognizes the unique, distinct position that Jewish libraries hold with regard to the issue of Nazi-era, looted, or otherwise displaced, cultural property. We appreciate that often our member libraries were depositories of choice for owners of Judaica, as well as for the distributors of heirless property, particularly the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc., established in 1947 and recognized by the American government as the trustee of heirless Jewish cultural property found in the American zone of Germany following World War II.

The Association of Jewish Libraries supports and encourages the wider efforts of the American Association of Museums, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany/World Jewish Restitution Organization and others to promote the return of looted, or otherwise displaced, Nazi-era, cultural property to its former pre-War owners or their heirs.

Susan Dubin, President

Association of Jewish Libraries