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Looting and Restitution: Jewish-Owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present


Inka Bertz and Michael Dorrmann (eds)


September 2008


A companion book to the current exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin about the fate of individual cultural artifacts confiscated by the Nazis and their Jewish owners, this well-illustrated exhibition book provides extensive information on the historical background to the looting of cultural artifacts and how their loss through persecution is handled today.

Two essays by Dan Diner and Constantin Goschler explore the historical, political, and moral dimensions of confiscation. Seventeen authors, among them experts of international renown such as Michael Bazyler, Patricia Grimsted, Jürgen Lillteicher, and Frank Kuitenbrouwer examine the procedures used by Nazi looting organizations and the often disreputable role of museums, libraries, and art dealers. The first restitutions of cultural artifacts by the Allies just after the war and the restitution procedures of the 1950s and 60s are described, as is the revival of the theme in Europe since the collapse of the Eastern bloc and the Washington conference in 1998.

These articles present the facts of the 15 case stories described in detail in the book. They tell of the often intricate paths from "looting" to "restitution" and the involved parties such as heirs, lawyers and museum representatives.

The book is in a German language edition only.  It has 320 pages and approximately 170 illustrations and is a paperback, published by Wallstein Publishers, ISBN-10: 3-8353-0361-9, ISBN-13: 978-3-8353-0361-4.   Price: 24.90 euros plus p&p. Wallstein Publishers, 2008.

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