International Research: Nazi-Era Cultural Property

National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism and the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism

The links below direct users to the resources from the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism and the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism available through the International Research Portal.

Findbuch for Victims of National Socialism


Findbuch for Victims of National Socialism

The Findbuch for Victims of National Socialism makes it possible to search the holdings of several Austrian archives for material on National Socialist property seizures and Austrian restitution and compensation measures. The Findbuch currently contains around 130,000 records on archival material from the Austrian State Archives and the Provincial Archives of Burgenland, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Carinthia and Tyrol. New records are being added continually. It is possible to call up information such as the "property notices" that Jewish people had to submit after the Anschluss of Austria in 1938 as well as the files of the Restitution Commissions that were established after the war. Due to data protection laws, registration is necessary in order to undertake research in the personal data holdings of the Findbuch. The Findbuch is purely a reference database and is therefore not a substitute for ordering the file from the relevant archive.

In addition, the Findbuch provides in digital form historical address books and official handbooks on public offices and institutions that facilitate research on private individuals, companies or the authorities that were responsible for the National Socialist seizures of property or restitution post-1945.

As such, the Findbuch is one of the most comprehensive collections of personal data on National Socialist property seizures and Austrian restitution and compensation measures after 1945.

Art Database of the National Fund


Art Database of the National Fund

The Art Database of the National Fund provides information on art and cultural objects presently located in museums and collections of the Republic of Austria or of the City of Vienna, which, according to latest provenance research, may have been seized under the National Socialist regime. Their publication in this database takes place in co-operation with the Federal museums and collections concerned and with other Austrian institutions conducting provenance research and aims to determine whether there is a possibility of restituting these objects.

Restitution reports of the Federation (1998-present) and restitution reports of the City of Vienna (2002-present) are available on the website of the Art Databases here.

Recommendations of the meetings of the Art Restitution Advisory Board (2009-present) are available on the website of the Art Databases here.

For more information about the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism and the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism, visit the National Fund website.

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