The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) initiate and support wide-ranging efforts toward the restitution of Jewish-owned art, Judaica, and other cultural property lost and plundered during the Holocaust.

last updated March 2024


General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander in the West, accompanied by General Omar Bradley (left), and Lt. General George S. Patton, inspect stolen art treasures hidden in the Merkers salt mine. USHMM Photograph Number: 74574

An American soldier discovers a framed painting that was looted by the Nazi regime in an underground vault. National Archives and Records Administration. 

Restitution of property after the War. Yad Vashem, archival signature: 368 

While serving in the US Army, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator James Rorimer supervises American GIs carrying paintings down the steps of the Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Germany in May of 1945. National Archives, provided by the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, Dallas

Lovis Corinth “Die Lesende” Lost Art-ID 593290 (