The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the tenth issue of the newsletter. To consult it
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.
On March 15, the Minister of Culture announced the return of “Roses under the Trees”, by Gustav Klimt looted in Austria.
The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the eightthseventh issue of the newsletter. To consult it
It traces the activity of the Commission during the year 2019 (in the area of cultural property and in its international dimension in particular), and takes stock of twenty years of action.