Konsulát Republiky Československé Katovice (Consulate in Katowice)

Consulate stamp overstamped with 'invalid' ('ungültig')

In 2013, two books from the consulate of the Czechoslovak Republic in Katowice were returned to the Czech Republic.

In this case we are not dealing with Nazi loot, but plunder. Restitution was carried out via the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany ("Auswärtiges Amt").

The books were obtained by the Berlin City Library after the end of the war via the Salvaging Office ("Bergungsstelle"), Recovery Mission No. 61 - Library of the Foreign Office. The books had been plundered from the consulate in Katowice during the occupation of Poland and taken to Berlin. They were then brought into the library of the Foreign Office.

Support in researching and returning the books was provided to the ZLB by the Centrum pro dokumentaci majetkových převodů kulturních statků obětí II. světové války, o.p.s.