Looted Art & Cultural Property Grants

The Claims Conference makes grants to support research into the spoliation of looted cultural and religious property. Below are examples of projects we support.

See also:

Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal (NEPIP)

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 March 2015, 175 museums are participating with 29,079 objects listed.


Provenance Research at the Jewish Museum in 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

Repairing of Torah scrolls from Romania through Menora (The Authority for the Repatriation of Diaspora Synagogues to Israel.)


Academic Publications

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 forthcoming publication on trophy holdings of the Simferopol Art Museum.

Sponsorship of the publication by the Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft of a study of art dealers in Nazi-era Austria.


Archival Projects

ProjectJudaica

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 is co-funding the online presentation of Dutch postwar art claim files.

Center for Jewish Art of the Hebrew University

The Claims Conference is co-funding the scanning and digitization of the extensive files of the Center for Jewish Art.

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.


Exhibitions

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.


Film

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.