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European Parliament passes resolution on looted art

On January 17, 2019, the European Parliament passed a resolution that calls on the European Union and its Member States to establish practices to identify and recover works of art and cultural goods such as books, manuscripts, and ritual items looted during war.

On the Trail of Books Stolen by the Nazis

Books stolen from Jewish owners in Paris by the Nazis ended up in Minsk. Here’s how they got there-and whether they will ever return to France.

Documenting ERR Looted Libraries

Changes To Limbach Commission Announced, Real Change Now Seems Out Of Reach – Media, Telecoms, IT, Entertainment – United States

After nearly a year of hinting at changes the Advisory Commission in Germany that makes recommendations to state museums on claims for allegedly Nazi-looted works in their collections (“Beratende Kommission im Zusammenhang mit der Rckgabe NS-verfolgungsbedingt entzogener Kulturgter, insbesondere aus jdischem Besitz,” or “Advisory Commission on the return of cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution, especially Jewish property”), the federal government announced last week the addition of three new members.

Halbherzige Reform

Die Veränderungen in der Limbach-Kommission gehen Opfervertretern nicht weit genug

Nazi Art Loot Returned … to Nazis

MUNICH – Years after World War II, American officials here entrusted more than 10,000 confiscated artworks to Bavarian authorities to return to the rightful owners, many of them Jews whose property had been plundered.

“Endlich Taten!”

Opferganisation Jewish Claims Conference reagiert auf SZ-Bericht und fordert Ende von “Vertuschung und Geheimhaltung” in deutschen Institutionen. Auch der Gesetzgeber sei gefragt, und Archive müssten geöffnet werden.

Changes To Limbach Commission Announced, Real Change Now Seems Out Of Reach – Media, Telecoms, IT, Entertainment – United States

After nearly a year of hinting at changes the Advisory Commission in Germany that makes recommendations to state museums on claims for allegedly Nazi-looted works in their collections (“Beratende Kommission im Zusammenhang mit der Rckgabe NS-verfolgungsbedingt entzogener Kulturgter, insbesondere aus jdischem Besitz,” or “Advisory Commission on the return of cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution, especially Jewish property”), the federal government announced last week the addition of three new members.

How Did Nazi-Looted Art Wind Up in Israel – and What Can Be Done About It?

Yagna Yass-Alston, a Polish doctoral student, was on a fellowship in Israel last year when she visited the Museum of Art Ein Harod in the Jezreel Valley. She wanted to look at two paintings there for her dissertation research on Jewish art collectors in Krakow.

Ronald Lauder, Helen Mirren testify before US Senate committee on Nazi-looted art

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder and actress Dame Helen Mirren were among the witnesses called at a hearing of the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday which dealt with Nazi-looted art works.

Senate Bill Would Help Recover Art Stolen by Nazis

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan collection of senators said on Tuesday that it was their moral obligation to ensure that Holocaust victims could recover art confiscated from them during World War II and, in many cases, still hanging in museums and private collections more than 70 years later.

Why US lawmakers want Germany to revisit its museums’ walls

JTA – In a letter emblazoned with the insignia of the US House of Representatives, 29 members of Congress reprimanded the German state of Bavaria for neglecting its historical responsibility to victims of the Nazis.

An interview with Wesley A. Fisher on the restitution of Nazi-looted art

Wesley A. Fisher is the Director of Research at the World Jewish Restitution Organisation (WJRO) and the Conference on Jewish Claims Against Germany, which conduct a comprehensive program toward the restitution of Jewish-owned art and cultural property lost and plundered during the Holocaust. Specialised in the matter of cultural property and …

The Difficult Work of Reclaiming Art – Jewish Exponent

Efforts to return artwork stolen by Nazis during the Holocaust to their rightful honors has proven to be hard work. Wesley Fisher does not have the Hollywood credentials of the stars of recent films like George Clooney in The Monuments Men or Ryan Reynolds in Woman in Gold, but he has done much of the …