New database posted for Jewish looted art.

23/10/10 – Internet – Restitution – The ERR (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg), directed by Alfred Rosenberg, was a major participant between 1940 and 1944 in the looting of Jewish art organized by the Nazis. Most of the works confiscated by this agency in France and Belgium from Jewish collectors and dealers were stored at the Jeu de Paume, in the Tuileries gardens.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have just posted a database listing over 20.000 works which passed through the Jeu de Paume before being shipped to Germany. A very detailed documentation, offering the owners’ names, the German inventory entries and, for about one-third of the objects, photographs is now entirely accessible online.

This tool will be sure to help heirs of the victims to recover certain works by providing even further information along with the other databases on the same subject already available on the Internet [1]. This new database however is also highly interesting for art historians as it contains unpublished items, some of which have disappeared. In fact, some of the attributions should be updated.

Didier Rykner, samedi 23 octobre 2010


[1] In France there is, notably, the Ministry of Culture’s MNR database.

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