On Friday 15 November, a conference will be held in Paris to review twenty years of French policy to repair
spoliations through the action of the CIVS and to outline the new prospects for this mission. In particular, it will be an opportunity to promote the new French organization for the restitution of looted cultural property, to examine practices in Europe, to present the latest progress in provenance research and to make the Network of European Restitution Committees known.
The conference will be held in French and English (simultaneous translation).
Registration is open from the month of July to 31 October. To register, click here.
For the conference, flyer and registration details, click here.
8.30 am-9.15 am Welcome coffee
9.30 am-10.00 am Opening.
Notable figure, welcomed by Michel JEANNOUTOT (Chairman of the CIVS)
SESSION ONE: WHAT IS THE STATUS OF REPARATIONS
FOR ANTI-SEMITIC SPOLIATIONS?
Introduction: François BERNARD (Vice-Chairman of the CIVS)/Catherine PERIN (CIVS)
10.30 am-11.00 am Does compensation adequately reflect the losses suffered?
Ambassador Stuart E.EIZENSTAT and Anne GRYNBERG (CIVS)
11.00 am-11.30 am Reparation: what is the perspective of despoiled families?
• Piecing together family histories
Serge KLARSFELD (Sons and Daughters of Jewish Deportees from France)
11.30 am-12.00 pm w OPEN DISCUSSION AND BREAK
12.00 pm-12.30 pm • The perspective of the American party to the Washington Agreement
Richard WEISBERG (lawyer) and Sylviane ROCHOTTE (CIVS)
Reparation that is necessarily incomplete
Presentation: Jean-Michel AUGUSTIN (CIVS)
12.45 pm-1.15 pm • What is the future of reserved portions? The Austrian example
Hannah LESSING (Secretary General of the Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus)
SESSION TWO: CULTURAL PROPERTY,
“AN AREA IN WHICH WE MUST DO BETTER.”
Presentation: Ines ROTERMUND-REYNARD (CIVS)
2.45 pm-3.30 pm • Comparative assessment in Europe
Charlotte WOODHEAD (University of Warwick) and Matthias WELLER (Universität Bonn)
3.30 pm-4.00 pm • In France: a new organisation for the reparation of spoliated works of art
David ZIVIE, Ministry of Culture
The challenges of provenance research
Presentation: Sébastien CHAUFFOUR (Archives Department of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs)
4.15 pm-4.45 pm • Creating a network of researchers
Leonhard WEIDINGER (Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst) and Lea GRÜTER (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
4.45 pm-5.15 pm w OPEN DISCUSSION AND BREAK
5.15 pm-5.45 pm • The challenge for looted libraries
Antonia BARTOLI (British Library) and Sebastian FINSTERWALDER (Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin)
5.45 pm-6.30 pm The diversity of approach: the example of forced sales
Corinne HERSHKOVITCH, Marc-André RENOLD (lawyers) and Michel JEANNOUTOT (Chairman of the CIVS)
Organised by the French Mission de recherche et de restitution des biens culturels spoliés entre 1933 et 1945 and the CIVS (Commission pour l’indemnisation des victimes de spoliations) as part of the Network of European Restitution Committees on Nazi-Looted Art.