The Claims Conference makes grants to support research into the spoliation of looted cultural and religious property. Below are examples of projects we support.
- Archives of Nazi records: the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg
- Training in Provenance Research
Created by the American Association of Museums, NEPIP is a searchable registry of objects in U.S. museum collections that changed hands in Continental Europe during the Nazi era (1933-1945). As of October 2017, 179 museums are participating with 29,792 objects listed.
Created by the Dutch government to conduct provenance research into the state art collection (NK collection). Currently Origins Unknown is working on the Project Missing Works of Art with the aim to give an overview of stolen and traded art treasuries during the Second World War.’
Looted Books/Torah Scrolls
Jewish Museum, Prague
Digitization of the Terezin collection as well as research on previous owners of books held by the library of the Jewish Museum in Prague.Repair of Torah Scrolls from Romania
Menora (The Authority for the Repatriation of Diaspora Synagogues to Israel)
Repairing of Torah scrolls from Romania through Menora
Sponsorship of the publication of “Neglected Witnesses. The Fate of Jewish Ceremonial Objects During the Second World War and After.” edited by Julie-Marthe Cohen, Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam and Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Jewish Museum of Vienna, 2011.
Sponsorship of the publication of “”Art in the Flames of War: Western European Paintings in the Collection of the Simferopol Art Museum. Catalogue and Album” by S.I. Kot and L.V. Kudriasheva, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2015.”
Sponsorship of the publication by the Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft of a study of art dealers in Nazi-era Austria.
The Claims Conference helps support ProjectJudaica, established in 1991, a joint venture between the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow. Among its publications are archival surveys of the former Soviet Union, such as Jewish Documentary Sources in the Regional Archives of the Ukraine: A Guide(in Russian), edited and compiled by Efim Melamed (2009); Jewish Documentary Sources in Kiev Archives: A Guide (in Russian), edited by Efim Melamed and Mark Kupovetsky (2006); and Nazi-Looted Jewish Archives in Moscow: A Guide to Jewish Historical and Cultural Collections in the Russian State Military Archive, edited by Dr. David E. Fishman, Mark Kupovetsky, and Vladimir Kuzelenkov (2011). See: www.jtsa.edu/x15321.xml.
National Archives of the Netherlands
The Claims Conference has co-funding the online presentation of Dutch postwar art claim files.
Center for Jewish Art of the Hebrew University
The Claims Conference has co-funding the scanning and digitization of the extensive files of the Center for Jewish Art.
The Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project is a 7-year international project to preserve, digitize, and virtually reunite YIVO’s prewar library and archival collections located in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania, through a dedicated web portal. The project will also digitally reconstruct the historic, private Strashun Library of Vilna, one of the great prewar libraries of Europe.
The Claims Conference/WJRO cooperates with the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe in regard to its Yerusha project that aims to collect and encourage surveys of Jewish documentary heritage in Europe. Yerusha’s goal is to bring together primary sources beyond national boundaries in an attempt to discover new and relevant documents. Yerusha will eventually be an online portal of results of already completed surveys. More information may be found at: www.yerusha.eu/archives.
Grants to Holocaust-Related Archives
The Claims Conference is a major supporter of the archives of Yad Vashem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and many other Holocaust-related archives worldwide. While grants made to these archives are for purposes far broader than documentation concerning looted art and cultural property, the sponsored activities are frequently relevant to cultural property concerns.
“Provenance Research and Cultural Heritage” exhibition presented by the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) at the European Parliament in connection with ESLI efforts in cooperation with the EU Committee on Legal Affairs to introduce a legislative initiative into the European Parliament, with the predominant aim of promoting provenance research and combatting the trafficking of plundered cultural heritage.
“Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker” presented by the Jewish Museum of New York.
“Auktion 392” touring exhibition presented by the Ben Uri Gallery: The London Jewish Museum of Art.
Chasing Portraits: A documentary feature film by Elizabeth Rynecki. The documentary captures the story of Moshe Rynecki’s art and his great-granddaughter’s quest to find her family’s lost art legacy gone missing in the Second World War.