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Title
Coordination Office for Lost Cultural Assets (Koordinierungsstelle für Kulturgutverluste)

Description
From 1994 to 2000, this agency was called the Coordination Office of the Federal States for the Return of Cultural Property (Koordinierungsstelle der Länder für die Rückführung von Kulturgütern) and dealt with cultural property from German institutions relocated during the war. Following the Washington Holocaust Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art (1998) and the Joint Declaration by the Federal Government, the Länder (Federal States) and the National Associations of Local Authorities on the tracing and return of Nazi-confiscated art, especially Jewish property, of December 1999, its brief was enlarged to encompass Nazi-looted art. Consequently, it was renamed the Coordination Office for Lost Cultural Assets.

The Coordination Office publishes information posted by institutions or individuals searching for objects and also publishes reports by institutions which hold objects they suspect may have been looted by the Nazis. The Coordination Office is situated in Magdeburg, at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt (Kultusministerium des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt) and is supported by both the Federal Government and the Länder (Federal States).

Both the Coordination Office and the Federal Commissoner for Cultural and Media Affairs can also be contacted if, in the course of their research, institutions should come across cultural property which was brought into Germany from other countries for reasons related to the war and which has remained undiscovered until now. (Guidelines (February 2001) concerning the implementation of the Joint Declaration of the Federal Government, the Länder (Federal States) and the National Associations of Local Authorities on the tracing and return of Nazi-confiscated art, especially Jewish property of December 1999, p. 6).

Contact Information
Turmschanzenstr. 32
D-39114 Magdeburg
Tel: +49(0)391 567 391
Fax: +49(0) 391 567 3899
Email:lostart@mk.sachsen-anhalt.de
Website: www.lostart.de

Dr. Michael Franz (Head)
Tel: +49(0)391 567 391
Fax +49(0) 391 567 3899
Email: michael.franz@mk.sachsen-anhalt.de
 
Dr. Andrea Baresel-Brand (Public Relations, Research and Publishing)
Tel: +49(0)391 567 3893
Fax +49(0) 391 567 3899
Email: andrea.barsel-brand@mk.sachsen-anhalt.de
 
Philip Kardel M.A. (Documentation/Search requests)
Tel: +49(0)391 567 3894
Fax +49(0) 391 567 3899
Email: philip.kardel@mk.sachsen-anhalt.de
 
Sources 
Lost Art website at <www.lostart.de>, accessed 28 October 2002.

Dr Andrea Baresel-Brand, 13 August 2007.

Guidelines (February 2001) concerning the implementation of the Joint Declaration by the Federal Government, the Länder (Federal States) and the National Associations of Local Authorities on the tracing and return of Nazi-confiscated art, especially Jewish property of December 1999. (Handreichung vom Februar 2001 zur Umsetzung der "Erklärung der Bundesregierung, der Länder und der kommunalen Spitzenverbände zur Auffindung und zur Rückgabe NS-verfolgungsbedingt entzogenen Kulturgutes, insbesondere aus jüdischem Besitz" vom Dezember 1999).

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