International Research: Nazi-Era Cultural Property
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International Research Portal for Records
Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property

The International Research Portal is a collaboration of national and other archival institutions with records that pertain to Nazi-Era cultural property. These archival institutions, along with expert national and international organizations, are working together to extend public access to the widely-dispersed records through this single internet Portal. The Portal enables families to research their losses; provenance researchers to locate important documentation; and historians to study newly accessible materials on the history of this period. This collaborative project was established to fulfill the objectives of the 1998 Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, the 2000 Vilnius Forum Declaration and the 2009 Terezin Declaration, particularly to make all such records publicly accessible.

The Portal links researchers to archival materials consisting of descriptions of records and, in many cases, digital images of the records that relate to cultural property that was stolen, looted, seized, forcibly sold, or otherwise lost during the Nazi era. These records, which are in many different languages, include Nazi documentation, governmental records from 1933 onwards, inventories of recovered artworks, post-war claims records and auction house and art dealer records. Cultural property documented in these records covers a broad range from artworks to books and libraries, religious objects, antiquities, archival documents, carvings, silver and more.

Each link below directs users to descriptions of the relevant records available at each participating institution and provides information on accessing the records. Also included are further links to finding aids and digitized records, as available. All descriptions within the Portal are provided in English. As you click through the Portal to affiliated websites, the descriptions are written in the national language of each institution, and in some instances, are available in English, as well.

Search Records of Participating Institutions

The National Archives of the United States NARA logo
Bundesarchiv (The Federal Archives of Germany) German National Archives logo
The National Archives of the United Kingdom United Kingdom National Archives logo
France Diplomatie: Diplomatic Archive Center of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Diplomatic Archive Center of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs logo
Central State Archive of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine (TsDAVO) TsDAVO of Ukraine logo
State Archives in Belgium State Archives in Belgium logo
Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE) Commission for Looted Art in Europe logo
Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany) Claims Conference logo
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum United States Holocaust Memorial Musuem logo
Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) Deutsches Historisches Museum logo
Mémorial de la Shoah Memorial de la Shoah logo
NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Netherlands) NIOD logo
Italian Directorate General of Archives Italy logo
The Getty Research Institute Getty logo
Landesarchiv Berlin (Berlin State Archive) Landesarchiv logo
National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism and the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism Austria logo
Heidelberg University LibraryNIOD logo
Deutsches Kunstarchiv im Germanischen Nationalmuseum Germanisches Nationalmuseum logo
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