The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the fourteenth issue of the newsletter. To consult it
On July 15, the Prime Minister presided over the ceremony for the restitution of books from the spoliated library of former minister Georges Mandel. This restitution follows a recommendation from the Commission for the compensation of victims of spoliations resulting for the anti-Semitic legislation in force during the Occupation (CIVS) in February 2021, and at the will of two German libraries (the Staatsbibliothek of Berlin and the Dresden University Library) to return them to their rightful owners.
The Ministry of Culture and its Research and Restitution Mission (M2RS) have just published their pages devoted to spoliated cultural property.
On February 15, Parliament has definitively adopted the bill relating to the return or restitution of looted works of art to victims of spoliation. After a vote by the National Assembly on January 25, the Senate voted in favor of this text on February 15. The text may be consulted on the following the Official Journal’s website. The CIVS behind this legislative initiative welcomes the rapid and unanimous adoption of the text by Parliament.
On December 22, four more MNR works were returned on the recommendation of the CIVS : Paysage (a watercolor by Georges Michel), Portrait de femme (drawing by Paul Delaroche), another Portrait de femme (drawing by Auguste Hesse) and Marée basse à Grandcamp (watercolor by Jules-Jacques Veyrassat). These four works belonged to major Egyptian Jewish collector Moïse Lévi de Benzion, whose home, Château de Draveil, was looted in 1940. In this case, the main difficulty was knowing who to return these works to.
The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the twelfth issue of the newsletter. To consult it