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 31/12/2023, the ZLB has been able to restitute 1198 objects in 202 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


The term "plunder" (Beutegut) is used to distinguish it from cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution (known in simplified terms as Nazi-loot (NS-Raubgut)), when a cultural object was seized, transferred or relocated during a war or as a result of a military conflict. In contrast to the case of Nazi-looted property, the basis for the repatriation of such objects is general international law.

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