The Central Registry fulfils Washington Principle VI on the setting up of a central repository of information on Nazi looting and contemporary efforts to research and resolve all outstanding issues. It is a charitable body operating under the auspices of the European Association for Jewish Studies, the sole umbrella organisation for academic Jewish studies in Europe.
It was established through an initiative of its sister organisation, the Commission for Looted Art in Europe The Commission is the non-profit, expert, representative body in Europe which negotiates policies and procedures, assists families to identify and recover looted cultural property, and provides guidance and information to individuals, institutions and governments worldwide.
The Hon. Chairman of the Central Registry is Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat who hosted the 1998 Washington Conference. Ambassador Eizenstat has led the major initiatives on looted cultural property of recent years, including the devising and endorsing of the Washington Principles and of the Vilnius Declaration, and the establishing of the US Presidential Commission on Holocaust-Era Assets.
The work of the Central Registry includes:
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