Project Update (09/2017)

Work Done to Date

The Enhanced “International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property project (IRP2) is a collaborative project working with archival, museum, and technical experts to create a linked database to facilitate data identification, analysis, and visualization of looted Holocaust-era information located on the Portal, a collaboration of 18 national and other archival institutions with collections distributed over multiple sites. The goal is to use both federated and graph-database search technologies to conduct automated searches across the Portal to retrieve and consolidate information on individuals, organizations, and cultural objects related to Nazi-looted cultural assets. Beneficiaries include Holocaust victims and heirs, investigators, scholars, archival and museum professional, lawyers, genealogists, and interested members of the general public.


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• Kurtz, Michael J. America and the Return of Nazi Contraband: The Recovery of Europe’s Cultural Treasures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. (D 818 .K85 2006)

Details the history and development of art restitution policies and practices. Provides a history of Nazi looting and early efforts by the Allies to repatriate art, Cold War era restitution activities, and issues concerning Jewish patrimony. Includes appendices, a bibliography, glossary, footnotes, illustrations, and an index.


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