Taking Responsibility: Nazi-looted Art – a challenge for Libraries, Archives and Museums Berlin 11-12 December 2008

Events and Conferences

In December 1998, forty-four governments and thirteen NGOs endorsed the 'Principles of the Washington Conference With Respect to Nazi-Confiscated Art'.  In the “Statement by the Federal Government, the Laender (federal states) and the national associations of local authorities on the tracing and return of Nazi-confiscated art, especially from Jewish property”, those responsible in Germany emphasized their commitment to these principles. To the present day, the issue of tracing and returning Nazi-looted art is an undiminished challenge for the institutions concerned.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Washington Principles, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Koordinierungsstelle für Kulturgutverluste hosted an international symposium. In their papers, the speakers reviewed past developments in the field, examined perspectives and spoke about fundamental issues concerning the restitution of cultural artefacts, provenance research and possible “fair and just solutions”. A panel discussion brought together representatives of cultural institutions, the law, advocacy groups and the host organisations concluded the symposium.

The programme is available in a pdf here.  

Tagungsbüro / Conference Office:
Stephanie Verbeet
Tel: +49 40 79696960
Fax +49 40 950692195

Symposium location:
Otto-Braun-Saal der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Potsdamer Straß
10785 Berlin-Tiergarten 

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