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The mandate of the commission is to investigate the volume and fate of assets moved to Switzerland before, during and immediately after the Second World War from a historical and legal point of view, and to present a final report by the end of the year 2001 at the latest.
The Swiss Federal Archives preserves, communicates and promotes permanently valuable records/documents of the Swiss Federation.

International Conferences and Principles

Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art:
Non-binding principles to assist in resolving issues relating to Nazi-confiscated art signed by Switzerland in 1998.
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Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art
Last modification: 07.07.2008 | Size: 15 kb | Type: PDF

Vilnius Forum Declaration, October 2000 (externer Link, neues Fenster)
Switzerland played a key role at the Vilnius Forum in October 2000 along with 37 other countries in drafting the text of a declaration relating to looted art from World War II. The declaration once again underscored the importance of the Washington Principles.

Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague, June 2009 (externer Link, neues Fenster)
At the Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague in June 2009, experts and representatives from various countries discussed the topic as it related to the Holocaust and agreed to an intergovernmental declaration. In the area of looted art, the declaration once again adhered to the importance of the Washington Principles, among other items.


The ‘Lost Art Internet Database’ is a joint project on the part of Germany’s federal government and the Länder designed to record cultural goods which were placed, transferred or – particularly in the case of Jewish citizens – confiscated as a result of persecution under National Socialism and the Second World War.
Database of stolen and missing art and art looted during World War II. Wartime losses report form.
Catalogue of non-returned works from the collection of Adolphe Schloss.
Database of 'Sonderauftrag Linz'.

Research on Collections Provenance 1933 - 1945

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Kulturgüter im Eigentum der Eidgenossenschaft
Last modification: 01.11.2007 | Size: 132 kb | Type: PDF

General information

The Commission is the European response to the December 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets and to the eleven principles that were adopted at that conference. Its aims are to monitor developments and progress in the implementation of the Washington Principles, to set the agenda for action, to support claimants, to communicate and co-ordinate the work of the various groups and agencies, and to press for European legislation on these issues.
The Getty Provenance Index accumulates and disseminates information related to the history of collecting and the provenance of individual works of art. Maintaining several electronic databases as well as nonautomated material on the history of ownership of works of art (primarily European paintings) gathered from sales catalogues, archival records, and museum files, the Getty Provenance Index provides scholars and museum curators with important information about the history of taste and collecting.
ICOM Recommendations concerning the Return of Works of Art Belonging to Jewish Owners.
The UNESCO-ICOM Information Centre has put together a file of resources on the issue of spoliation of Jewish cultural property during the Second World War.
Holocaust-Era Assets: Records and Research at the National Archives and Records Administration. Bibliography, weblinks.
International List of Current Activities Regarding Holocaust-Era Assets.
Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research ITF (externer Link, neues Fenster)
The ITF consists of representatives of government, as well as international Organizations (GOs and NGOs). Its purpose is to place political and social leaders' support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research.

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