Plundered - But By Whom? Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and Occupied Europe in the Light of the Nazi-Art Looting, Conference, Prague 21-22 October 2015

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6th international conference on the confiscation, thefts and transfers of works of art as a result of Nazi rule over Czechoslovakia and Europe during the Second World War and in the post-war period organized by the Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets of WWII Victims p.b.o.

The conference is held under the auspices of the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomír Zaorálek and Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Daniel Herman.

Date: October 21 – 22, 2015
Conference venue: The Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia in Prague (Klášter svaté Anežky České v Praze).

Registration here


October 21, 2015

9:00–9:30      Registration

9:30–10:00    Conference Opening

Panel 1

Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and the post-war development of the State – historical overview

10:00 – 11:30
Chair: Helena KREJČOVÁ

10:00–10:15   Mečislav BORÁK: Main Features of the Occupation Policy in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and in the Rest of the Czech Lands

10:15–10:30    Jan GEBHART: Occupation and Protectorate Administration with Regard to the Works of Art

10:30–10:45    Monika SEDLÁKOVÁ: Establishment and Operations of the Eisatzstabs in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

10:45–11:00    Jan MACHALA: Confiscation of Jewish Musical Instruments Based on Example of the Jews in Prostějov (1942)

11:00–11:30    Discussion

11:30–12:00    Coffee break

Panel 2
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and the post-war development of the State – the legal overview

12:00 – 13:30

12:00–12:15    Vilém KNOLL/Jakub HABLOVIČ: The Issue of the Refugees in the Year 1938 and its Solution

12:15–12:30    Jaromír TAUCHEN: Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and the Law

12:30–12:45    Pavel MARŠÁLEK: Nazi Occupation of the Czech Lands, Nurnberg Trial and the International Law of War

12:45–13:00    Jan KUKLÍK: Presidential Decrees and the Restitution of Jewish Property

13:00–13:30    Discussion

13:30–14:30    Lunch Break

Panel 3
Occupied Europe – historical and legal overview

Chair: Jiří ŠITLER

14:30–14:45    Kamil ZEIDLER: Art Looted during World War II in Occupied Poland – Legal Perspective

14:45–15:00    Francesca CAVAROCCHI: Restitution in Italy between Diplomacy and Political Use

15:00–15:15    Antonija MLIKOTA: After War Restitution and the Case of Museum St. Donat in Zadar

15:15–15:30    Inês FIALHO BRANDÃO: A Neutral Unknown. Portugal and the International Trade in Looted Art during the Second World War

15:30–16:00    Discussion


October 22, 2015

9:00 – 9:30     Registration

Panel 4
Government offices and their role in tracing looted art

9:30 – 11:15
Chair: Tomáš KRAUS

9:30–9:45      Uwe M. SCHNEEDE: The New German Center Lost Cultural Property – Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste

9:45–10:00    Thierry BAJOU: MNR and the Collection of Josef Wiener from Prague

10:00–10:15   Agata MODZOLEWSKA/Karina CHABOWSKA: Polish Government Progress in the Area of Looted Art

10:15–10:30   Ulrike SCHMIEGELT - RIETIG: The Central Office for Provenance Research in Hesse the Landesmuseum Wiesbaden

10:30–10:45    Agnes PERESZTEGI: Recent Developments on the Field of Professional Standards of Provenance Research – Towards a Unified Approach about the Identification of Looted Cultural Assets in European Museums

10:45–11:15    Discussion

11:15–12:00    Coffee Break

Panel 5
Identification of looted cultural assets in the Czech and Moravian museums and libraries

12:00 – 13:30
Chair:Petr Hlubuček

12:00–12:15    Václav ERBEN: The Fate of Some Significant Art Prominent Collections during the Protectorate and after the WW II.

12:15–12:30    Johana PROUZOVÁ: Research of Wartime Deposits in the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague

12:30–12:45    Michal NOSEK: Research of Hebrew Prints Deposited in the National Library in Prague

12:45–13:00    Sophie COEURÉ: Looted Art and Libraries: a Challenge for Post-War Relationships between France and Czechoslovakia

13:00–13:30    Discussion

13:30–14:30    Lunch break

Panel 6
Identification of looted cultural assets in European museums

14:30 – 16:00
Chair: Martin REISSNER

14:30–14:45    Imma WALDERDORFF: Castle Klessheim – Adolf Hitler ́s Guesthouse And Its Unknown Inventory

14:45–15:00    Meike HOFFMANN: Hildebrand Gurlitt and his Dealings with German Museums during the „Third Reich“

15:00–15:15    Margreeth SOETING: The Stedelijk Museum & the Second World War: From Provenance Research to Exhibition

15:15–15:30    Patricia KENNEDY GRIMSTED: Tracing Pan-European Looted Art in Russia – The Case of the Erich Koch Collection

15:30–16:00    Discussion

16:00–16:15    Conclusion

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