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On proposal from the CIVS, the Prime Minister decides the restitution of a painting by Utrillo

On November 22, the Prime Minister decided the restitution of Eglise de Pont-Saint-Martin (Loire Atlantique), a painting by Maurice Utrillo taken from Stefan Osusky, former Ambassador of Czechoslovakia in Paris from 1921 to 1940. This decision is based on the CIVS recommendation dated 9 July 2021.

The 2021 activity report has just been published

It reports on the activities of the Commission during the year 2020, particularly by the health crisis.

Discover the eleventh issue of the European restitution committees newsletter

The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the tenth issue of the newsletter. To consult it


Discover the tenth issue of the European restitution committees newsletter

The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the tenth issue of the newsletter. To consult it

RETURN OF 12 WORKS TO THE HEIRS OF ARMAND DORVILLE

On the recommendation of the CIVS, Prime Minister Jean Castex has decided to return to the descendants of the Jewish lawyer Armand Dorville twelve works acquired by the French State in 1942. These artworks are currently in the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Château de Compiègne.

They have to get a special authorization in order to be taken away out of the national collections. The French Government will present a draft law to effectively implement this decision.

THE ZENTRAL- UND LANDESBIBLIOTHEK BERLIN RETURNS TO THE FRENCH MINISTRY OF THE ARMED FORCES A BOOK LOOTED DURING THE OCCUPATION

A casebook Recueil des arrêts du Conseil d’Etat statuant au contentieux et des décisions du Tribunal des Conflits et de la Cour des Comptes, Recueil Sirey, Paris, 1911, was seized by the German occupation forces from the library of the Ministère de l’Air (Ministry of Air) in Paris. The book was then passed on to the “Institut für Staatsforschung”, a Nazi organ under the supervision of Himmler from 1939. During the Second World War, the Institut was directly commissioned by the National Socialist regime to produce notes and studies for propaganda purposes in the light of documents looted and plundered from the occupied territories. This mission justified the enrichment of his library through wartime looting and plundering.