Research Resources:


The Central Registry site is a comprehensive tool for research. To simplify access to the research resources on the site, they have been divided into the following categories:

  • Agents of Looting
  • Archival Records
  • Books and Publications
  • Family Records and Tracing Services
  • News Reports
  • Related Websites

    To access any category, select a country, and then select Research Resources.

  • Details of valuable, non country-specific, online resources are available on this site in the International section. They are regularly added to with new resources and developments.  There are several categories of information.  For example:

    Restitutions and Case News: provides details of claims and cases ruled on or settled outside the courts with copies of reports and rulings. Full details of a comprehensive range of cases can be found in the News Archive, which is fully searchable by name of family, artwork, museum, city, etc.

    Lawsuits: provides details of claims and cases ruled on or being settled in court with copies of court filings and judgements.

    Research Resources: provides details of family records, tracing services, texts of post-war reports, and books and publications.

    Web Resources: provides details of various online databases of looted paintings, results of provenance research in countries around the world, archival records available online and other research materials.

    Seeking Owners of Identified Looted Property: provides lists of names of individuals whose looted property has been identified in institutions in Germany and whose heirs are being sought. 

    Other categories of information include Governmental Conferences and Hearings, Laws, Policies and Guidelines, Art Trade, and Press, Television, Radio and Film.  To explore all these sections, click here.

    To provide details of resources or cases to add to the site, please email

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