ANN: The Practice of Restitution and Reparations and the Historiography of the Holocaust: An Entangled History?

Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; The Eli and Diana Zborowski Center for the Study
of the Aftermath of the Holocaust; Prof. Dr. Regula Ludi, University of
Zurich, University of Fribourg; Prof. Dr. Daniel Siemens, Newcastle University

09.09.2019-11.09.2019, Jerusalem, Yad Vashem. The International
Institute for Holocaust Research
Deadline: 31.07.2019

It is well established that international criminal trials were essential to the historiography of Nazi crimes. By making source material available and framing the representation of Nazi atrocities they contributed to the knowledge, the rising public awareness and shifting scholarly interpretations of the Holocaust. At the same time, the role of historians acting as expert witnesses in such trials has been the subject of heated debates for a number of decades.

Still largely underexplored, however, is the relationship between the practice of restitution and reparations for Nazi victims and the historiography of Nazi crimes. Much less in the public eye than criminal trials, restorative justice mechanisms long failed to attract scholarly attention. As a consequence, the voices of claimants and the work of central agencies participating in restitution practices such as the International Tracing Service, victims’ associations, legal assistance organizations, and other private actors have been only dealt with in passing.

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JOB: Mitarbeiter/in für Provenienzforschung und Restitution, Graz, Austria

Das GrazMuseum (Stadtmuseum Graz GmbH) sucht ab sofort einen/eine Mitarbeiter/-in für den Bereich Provenienzforschung und Restitution im Ausmaß von 40 Wochenstunden. Die Stelle ist auf 2 Jahre befristet.

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CONF: Art & Law 2018 (Basel, June 15, 2018), during Art Basel Week

Recht aktuell: “Kunst & Recht 2018 / Art & Law 2018”, June 15,  2018

In its 9th year Art & Law 2018 takes place in close proximity of Art Basel at the Congress Center Basel. Through the generous support of Art Basel, participants of the conference receive a ticket to the art fair.


Flyer_Kunst-und-Recht 2018

Morning session

  • Stephen Urice: Fundamental problems of Art museums today
  • Two views on the German cultural property protection law
  • Marc-André Renold: A German view of the Swiss Cultural Property Transfer Act – is it in need of revision?

Afternoon session

  • Mattias Weller: 20 years The Washington Principles: a review
  • Anne Laure Bandle: The Washington Principles in Switzerland: attempting a resolution
  • Eva Inés Obergfell: The antinomy of Selfie vs. “no photography” in museums

Closing remarks
Florian Schmidt-Gabain: “Looted Art” and “Degenerate Art”

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CONF: Dispossessions of Cultural Objects (Ljubljana, 19-21 Mar 18)

France Stele Institute of Art History, ZRC SAZU
Prešeren Hall SAZU, Novi trg 4

March 19 – 21, 2018

Dispossessions of Cultural Objects between 1914 and 1989/1991: The Alpe Adria Region in Comparative Perspectives

TransCultAA International Conference


Monday, March 19th

Welcome and introduction

Mimi Urbanc, Deputy Director, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana
Davor Kozmus, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia (HERA)
Iain B. Whyte, Research Committee of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA)
Christian Fuhrmeister, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München, Project Leader, Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century
Barbara Murovec, Director, France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenian Principal Investigator, Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century Continue reading “CONF: Dispossessions of Cultural Objects (Ljubljana, 19-21 Mar 18)”

REV-CONF: Raub & Handel. Der franzoesische Kunstmarkt unter deutscher Besatzung (1940-1944)

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
30.11. – 01.12.2017

Bericht von Doris Kachel, Berlin, Nationalgalerie – Museum Berggruen (SMB-SPK)

Französische und deutsche ProvenienzforscherInnen, WissenschaftlerInnen und Interessierte trafen sich vom 30. November bis zum 1. Dezember 2017 in der Bonner Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, um sich gemeinsam dem Thema „Raub & Handel. Der französische Kunstmarkt unter deutscher Besatzung (1940–1944)“ zu widmen. Das Deutsche Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (DZK) kooperierte für diese Fachkonferenz mit dem Deutschen Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris und dem Forum Kunst und Markt der Technischen Universität Berlin. Continue reading “REV-CONF: Raub & Handel. Der franzoesische Kunstmarkt unter deutscher Besatzung (1940-1944)”

Conf: Placing the Irreplaceable – Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property (Leipzig, 11/17)

Placing the Irreplaceable – Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property: Negotiations, Historical Dimensions, Documentation

Deadline: 09.11.2017

Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig, in Cooperation with the German Literature Archive, Marbach

The systematic destruction of European Jewish culture during World War II attained unprecedented dimensions; its repercussions can be felt to this day. International events such as the 1998 Washington Conference on Nazi Confiscated Art, resulting in the declaration of the Washington Principles and encouraging initiatives of provenance research and restitution worldwide, are testament to an increasing public awareness of related topics. But the ideas driving these initiatives were by no means new: negotiations about placement and restitution of looted Jewish cultural property had already been conducted in the early postwar period.

The long history of activities and debates concerning the handling of displaced books, art works, and ritual objects – fragments of a disrupted past – reveals important layers of European political and cultural history after 1945. It brings to the surface dissonant perspectives on the future of Jewish life and culture after the war, exposes distinct forms of political and legal principles implemented during the Cold War in relation to property and ownership rights, and shows the different ways of Jewish memory creation in light of the Holocaust.

The aim of this conference is to associate two fields of research and activity which, all too often, take separate paths: the historical exploration of actors, institutions, and debates about the protection and restitution of looted Jewish cultural property after 1945 on the one hand, and the realm of provenance investigation, the reconstruction of collections, and the care for related material on the other. We hope to encourage a discussion that combines the actual concerns of finding and preserving relevant assets as well as their documentation, with a historical perspective on the significance of related questions for Jewish memory, recognition and belonging in the twentieth century.

Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture
Goldschmidtstraße 28
04103 Leipzig

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Yfaat Weiss (Leipzig/Jerusalem), Marcel Lepper (Marbach)

Chair: Marcel Lepper (Marbach)

David E. Fishman (New York): Who Inherits the Relics of Jerusalem? On the Retrieval, Disposition, and Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property from Vilna (Vilnius) after World War II

11:15 Coffee Break

Chair: David E. Fishman

Bilha Shilo (Jerusalem): When YIVO was defined by Territory: Two Perspectives on the Restitution of YIVO’s Collections

Lara Lempertiene (Vilnius): A Shattered Mirror. The Efforts of Reconstructing the Pre-War Jewish Life in Lithuania through Rediscovered Documents

13:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Dietmar Müller (Leipzig)

Lukasz Krzyzanowski (Berlin): Holocaust Survivors in Court: The Appropriation and Restitution of Jewish Property in the Early Post-War Years in Poland

Nawojka Cieslinska-Lobkowicz (Warsaw/Munich): Polish Comfortable Desinteressement

16:00 Coffee Break

Chair: Tanja Zimmermann (Leipzig)

Andrea Rehling (Mainz): Whose Heritage? UNESCO Balancing Between Restitution of Cultural Property and Common Heritage of Mankind

Friday, 17 November 2017

Chair: Elisabeth Gallas (Leipzig)

Yehuda Dvorkin (Jerusalem): Restitution of Cultural Property from Europe to Israel: The British Case

Zachary M. Baker (Stanford, CA): Setting the Stage: Preliminary Efforts by the Commission on European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction to Document Endangered Jewish Cultural Properties

10:15 Coffee Break

Chair: Frieder von Ammon (Leipzig)

Caroline Jessen (Marbach): Asserting Ownership, Obscuring Provenance. Jewish Émigré Collections in Germany after 1945

11:45 Lunch Break

Chair: Jan Gerber (Leipzig)
Opening Statement: Matej Spurný (Jena/ Prague)

Anna Kawalko (Jerusalem): Objects of Desire, Objects of Denial. On the Status of German-Jewish Cultural Property in Czechoslovakia after 1945

Michal Busek (Prague): Restitution of Jewish Property in Post-War Czechoslovakia: Developments after 1948, Changes since 1989

Chairs: Yfaat Weiss (Leipzig/Jerusalem), Elisabeth Gallas (Leipzig), Marcel Lepper (Marbach)

Oliver-Pierre  Rudolph
Simon-Dubnow-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur
Goldschmidtstraße 28, 04103 Leipzig
+49 341 21735-57
+49 341 21735-55

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Exh: Between Definite and Dubious, Liebieghaus, Frankfurt a.M., until 27 Aug 2017



This spring, the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung will take a look back at a chapter in its history that has rarely been a focus of attention to date: the Nazi period and the acquisitions made during those years. With the aid of twelve selected objects, the exhibition will offer insights into the history of the museum in the years 1933 to 1945 and tell the stories of the people intimately linked with the twelve works. Since 2001, the Städel Museum has been examining its collections with regard to artworks whose owners were deprived of them in connection with Nazi persecution. It was thus one of the first museums in Germany to embark on this task.

In the spring of 2015, its provenance research activities were expanded through the addition of a comprehensive project supported by the German Lost Art Foundation and the city of Frankfurt am Main: the systematic examination of the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung holdings. The special exhibition will now present this initiative’s current research results by way of a tour through the sculpture collection’s three main departments – Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance to Neoclassicism. Continue reading “Exh: Between Definite and Dubious, Liebieghaus, Frankfurt a.M., until 27 Aug 2017”