On the following pages we document successfully returned Nazi-looted items and other “just and fair solutions” in the sense of the Washington Principles and Gemeinsame Erklärung (“Common Statement”). As of 31/12/2022, the ZLB has been able to restitute 1093 objects in 187 individual cases.
All objects, provenance markings and names that are found are recorded in the co-operative Looted Cultural Assets provenance database. If you have any information or comments, or are able to assist with unfinished research, please contact us.

The translation of the individual pages is still in progress.

Institutions and Entities


War-related relocation of cultural property occurs when a cultural property has been unlawfully removed, transferred or relocated during the war or as a result of the armed conflict. At the end of the Second World War, the activities of the Soviet trophy commissions, the thefts of individual military personnel of the Allied forces or territorial shifts meant that relocated cultural property was no longer returned to its original location. These objects, also referred to as "loot" or "looted art", were intended to compensate for the destruction and losses suffered during the war, especially in the Soviet Union. (Source: dzk)

Looted Cultural Assets - Cooperative Provenance Database

The cooperative provenance database Looted Cultural Assets enables you to search for recorded objects, marks of provenance, and the original / previous owners.

Looted Cultural Assets