Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act
The JUST Act bill requires the State Department to investigate and submit a report to Congress on the extent to which endorsees of the 2009 Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues are meeting their pledges to adopt national laws and policies to help Holocaust survivors identify and reclaim their properties.
Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project (JDCRP)
The Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project’s goal is the creation of a comprehensive listing of all Jewish-owned cultural objects plundered by the Nazis and their allies from the time of their spoliation to the present. The project is a joint initiative of the Commission for Art Recovery and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
U.S. Museums Fail to Address Holocaust Stolen Art Claims
Prominent U.S. museums have evaded the restitution of Nazi-era stolen art to rightful owners and heirs by refusing to resolve claims on their facts and merits and by asserting technical defenses, such as statutes of limitations, according to a new report.
Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act Signed into U.S. Law
On Friday, December 16, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act to aid recovery of Nazi-looted art.
Documenting ERR Looted Libraries
Documentation on Nazi seizures of libraries is now becoming available. Having taken a leading role in advocating for the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, the Claims Conference and the WJRO are now expanding their focus to identifying the millions of books looted from libraries during the Holocaust.
Holocaust-Era Looted Art: An Overview of Worldwide Progress
A report on 50 countries by the Claims Conference and WJRO shows that two-thirds of the countries that have endorsed international agreements regarding research, publicity and claims for Nazi-era looted art have done little or nothing to implement those pacts.
In March 2012, German authorities discovered over 1,200 artworks, many of which are suspected of having been looted by the Nazis, in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of Nazi-associated art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt.
U.S. Museum Survey
In 2006 the Claims Conference and the World Jewish Restitution Organization conducted a survey of U.S. Museums concerning adherence to the Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art and the procedures and guidelines recommended by the American Association of Museums regarding objects transferred in Europe during the Nazi era.
Helping Track Progress: Signatories to Terezin Declaration
In 2009, the Claims Conference and WJRO, along with 47 nations, convened for the Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets. We submitted “Holocaust Era Looted Art: A World-Wide Preliminary Overview, Prepared by the Claims Conference and the WJRO,” recommending actions to address the challenges of Nazi-era looted art.