Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Israel and Germany Collaborate on Stolen Nazi Art

The countries will also develop a joint database system.

By: Graham Sigurdson

Published: June 16th, 2014 in News » World

On Sunday, the Israeli Culture Ministry Director General Orly Forman, and German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters announced that art experts and researchers at museums in both of their countries will begin joint research to determine the ownership of Jewish-owned art that had been looted by the Nazis. Likewise, the experts will undergo training and begin to form a system of joint databases.

In a statement, Gruetters spoke warmly of the collaboration, saying that “The cooperation between German and Israeli institutions on provenance research of Nazi-confiscated art and Judaica is a great vote of confidence.” Similarly, Culture Minister Limor Livnat stated that the work could lead to the restitution of art to the original heirs, noting that the cooperation between Israeli and Germany included the presence of Israeli curators in a German committee dealing with the recently discovered collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, the recently deceased son of a Nazi-era art dealer who had hoarded hundreds of paintings.

Before he died, Gurlitt had agreed to help German authorities track down the owners of the some 1280 artworks he possessed, namely those who had it stolen from them or extorted during the reign of the Nazis.

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