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Twenty years of reparation for anti-semitic spoliations during the Occupation: between compensation and restitution, Conference, Paris, 15 November 2019

Events and Conferences

On Friday 15 November, a conference will be held in Paris to review twenty years of French policy to repair
spoliations through the action of the CIVS and to outline the new prospects for this mission. In particular, it will be an opportunity to promote the new French organization for the restitution of looted cultural property, to examine practices in Europe, to present the latest progress in provenance research and to make the Network of European Restitution Committees known.

The conference will be held in French and English (simultaneous translation).

Registration is open from the month of July to 31 October. To register, click here.

For the conference, flyer and registration details, click here.

To see the programme in French, click here. For the English language programme, click here

PROGRAMME:

8.30 am-9.15 am

Welcome coffee

9.30 am-10.00 am

Opening.
Notable figure, welcomed by Michel JEANNOUTOT (Chairman of the CIVS)

SESSION ONE: WHAT IS THE STATUS OF REPARATIONS
FOR ANTI-SEMITIC SPOLIATIONS?
10.30 am-11.00 am
Introduction:
François BERNARD (Vice-Chairman of the CIVS)/Catherine PERIN (CIVS)
Does compensation adequately reflect the losses suffered?

Ambassador Stuart E.EIZENSTAT and Anne GRYNBERG (CIVS)

11.00 am-11.30 am

Reparation: what is the perspective of despoiled families?
• Piecing together family histories

Serge KLARSFELD (Sons and Daughters of Jewish Deportees from France)

11.30 am-12.00 pm w OPEN DISCUSSION AND BREAK

12.00 pm-12.30 pm

• The perspective of the American party to the Washington Agreement

Richard WEISBERG (lawyer) and Sylviane ROCHOTTE (CIVS)

12.45 pm-1.15 pm

Reparation that is necessarily incomplete
Presentation: Jean-Michel AUGUSTIN (CIVS)
• What is the future of reserved portions? The Austrian example

Hannah LESSING (Secretary General of the Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus) 

 1.15 pm-2.30 pm   LUNCH BREAK 


SESSION TWO: CULTURAL PROPERTY,
“AN AREA IN WHICH WE MUST DO BETTER.”
Presentation:
Ines ROTERMUND-REYNARD (CIVS)

2.45 pm-3.30 pm

Progress report
• Comparative assessment in Europe

Charlotte WOODHEAD (University of Warwick) and Matthias WELLER (Universität Bonn)

3.30 pm-4.00 pm

• In France: a new organisation for the reparation of spoliated works of art

David ZIVIE, Ministry of Culture

4.15 pm-4.45 pm

The challenges of provenance research
Presentation: Sébastien CHAUFFOUR (Archives Department of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs)
• Creating a network of researchers

Leonhard WEIDINGER (Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst) and Lea GRÜTER (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

4.45 pm-5.15 pm w OPEN DISCUSSION AND BREAK

5.15 pm-5.45 pm

• The challenge for looted libraries

Antonia BARTOLI (British Library) and Sebastian FINSTERWALDER (Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin)

5.45 pm-6.30 pm

The diversity of approach: the example of forced sales

Corinne HERSHKOVITCH, Marc-André RENOLD (lawyers) and Michel JEANNOUTOT (Chairman of the CIVS)

6.30 pm-7.00 pm w SUMMARY OF THE DAY
by Frédérique DREIFUSS-NETTER (CIVS)

 

For further information, please contact Ms Isabelle Rixte (isabelle.rixte@civs.gouv.fr) or Ms Emilie Boulanger (emilie.boulanger@civs.gouv.fr).

Organised by the French Mission de recherche et de restitution des biens culturels spoliés entre 1933 et 1945 and the CIVS (Commission pour l’indemnisation des victimes de spoliations) as part of the Network of European Restitution Committees on Nazi-Looted Art.

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