New online database lists Nazi loot for repatriation

Matilda Battersby
Monday 18 October 2010 10:56

More than 20,000 pieces of art stolen by the Nazis during World War Two can now be searched in an online catalogue for Holocaust survivors and their relatives to reclaim.

A new database, which launches today, is comprised of objects stolen by Hitler’s Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), the “special task force”, one of the main agencies involved in the plunder of cultural valuables from Nazi-occupied countries during the war.

A painstaking inventory of the valuables has been published - along with photographs and remaining registration cards - by New York’s Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Works stolen form the French Jewish collectors and art historians in Paris as well as a number of Belgian Jewish collections from 1940 to 1944 are among the items now catalogued online.

“Searchable by individual objects and by the owners from whom these objects were taken, the database is a detailed record of a small but important part of the vast seizure of cultural property that was integral to the Holocaust,” the Claims Conference states on its website.

The problem of repatriating an estimated 650,000 items of Nazi loot 65-years after the war ended is still prescient. Wesley A. Fisher, director of research at the Claims Conference, told the Daily Mail that over half the stolen property is still unclaimed.

Search the inventory here.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in