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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 February 2023

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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 

Confiscation of libraries, Confiscation of books. 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

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander in the West, General Omar Bradley, and General George S. Patton examine a suitcase containing silverware looted by the Nazis that was hidden in the Merkers salt mine. National Archives and Records Administration. 

Adam and Eve loaded onto a truck. National Archives and Records Administration.

Lovis Corinth “Die Lesende” Lost Art-ID 593290 (http://www.lostart.de)