The online Handbook On Judaica Provenance Research: Ceremonial Objects covers research of two different categories: classical provenance research, which deals with tracing an object at hand to its original owner, and research which deals with establishing the location of a lost object. It consists of four parts:
- The first part provides an overview of prewar Judaica and Jewish museum collections, an overview of Nazi agencies engaged in the looting of Jewish material culture, the looting of Judaica, the dispersion of the objects after World War II and, briefly, the nationalizations of Judaica before, during and after the war.
- The second part deals with the identification of Judaica objects and is intended especially for people who are not familiar with this kind of material culture. It gives a typology of Judaica and offers tools to identify an object (origin, age, region, material, etc.).
- Part three explains how provenance and location can be established by the use of specific documentation and where this kind of documentation may be found.
- Part four offers a listing of online databases, and a bibliography of Jewish museum and exhibition catalogues as well as of other relevant literature.
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- Table of Contents
- Part 1, Historical Overview
- Pre-War Judaica and Jewish Museum Collections: An Overview
- Nazi Agencies Engaged In The Looting Of Material Culture
- The Looting of Judaica: Museum Collections, Community Collections, and Private Collections: An Overview
- Dispersion Of Jewish Ceremonial Objects In The West: Jewish Cultural Reconstruction
- Dispersion Of Jewish Ceremonial Objects In The East: The Soviet Trophy Brigades and Nationalizations in the East after World War II
- Part 2, Judaica Objects
- Part 3, Primary Sources
- Part 4, General Resources
- Appendices to Part 1
- Appendices to Part 2
- Appendices to Part 3