14 November 2002
Appeal to German libraries drafted by the c. 200 participants of the symposium Jüdischer Buchbesitz als Raubgut (Looted Books from Jewish Property) held at the State Library of Lower Saxony in Hanover, Germany, on 14 November 2002.
of the symposium Jüdischer Buchbesitz als Raubgut (Looted Books from Jewish Property), an event organised jointly by the Parliament of Lower Saxony and the State Library of Lower Saxony in Hanover.
An as yet unknown amount of Nazi-looted library material is located in German libraries.
With their Joint Declaration of December 1999, the Federal government, the Federal States and the National Associations of Local Authorities have requested German libraries to search for this looted property in their collections, to report on it and return the books to the legal heirs.
We consider the implementation of this request to be an urgent task for libraries, library associations, institutions training librarians, and other scientific institutions.
The participants of the symposium therefore appeal to those in positions of responsibility within the German librarianship:
On behalf of the c. 200 participants of the symposium Jüdischer Buchbesitz als Raubgut (Looted Books from Jewish Property),
Hanover, 14 November 2002
Prof. Rolf Wernstedt, President of the Parliament of Lower Saxony
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
Dr. Georg Ruppelt, Director of the State Library of Lower Saxony
Click here for the original text (in German) of the Hanover Appeal.
State Library of Lower Saxony - Forum on Nazi-Looted Property in Libraries
<http://www.nlb-hannover.de/kulturprogramm/Juedischer_Buchbesitz_als_Raubgut/>, first accessed 14 November 2003. Link updated 19 July 2007.