Resources and Information
MARI Online Portal
In March 2017, the Mosse community of heirs together with the Freie Universität Berlin founded the Mosse Art Research Initiative (MARI). This research project is innovative in many ways and very important in terms of cultural policy. For the first time, German institutions are cooperating with descendants of Nazi persecution in a public-private partnership. Kulturstiftung der Länder and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz took the initiative here. Furthermore, numerous museums and institutions have been included in the research project.
In order to examine and present the complex material, MARI Online Portal is efficiently custom-made for the needs of provenance research. As a network of the highest quality and transparency, MARI will provide important impulses for the future generation of knowledge on issues relating to objects that were confiscated under Nazi persecution and furthermore provide an important contribution to the shaping of the German culture of memory.
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Lost Art Database
The Lost Art Database registers cultural objects which as a result of persecution under the Nazi dictatorship and the Second World War were relocated, moved or seized, especially from Jewish owners. Lost Art is operated by the foundation
Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste at Magdeburg. The foundation is nationally and internationally the central contact in Germany on issues of the implementation of the "Washington Principles" and the "Joint Declaration" of the German Federal Government, the Länder and the National Associations of Local Authorities. It continues the tasks of the former Koordinierungsstelle Magdeburg, which set www.lostart.de online in April 2000, and the former Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung. The foundation is carried by the German Federal Government, the Länder and the National Associations of Local Authorities.
The Central Registry fulfils
Washington Principle VI on the setting up of a central repository of information on Nazi looting and contemporary efforts to research and resolve all outstanding issues. It is a charitable body operating under the auspices of the
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, an independent unit of the University of Oxford.
It was established through an initiative of its sister organisation, the
Commission for Looted Art in Europe. The Commission is the non-profit, expert, representative body in Europe which negotiates policies and procedures, assists families to identify and recover looted cultural property, and provides guidance and information to individuals, institutions and governments worldwide.
The Hon. Chairman of the Central Registry is
Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat who hosted the 1998 Washington Conference. Ambassador Eizenstat has led the major initiatives on looted cultural property of recent years, including the devising and endorsing of the
Washington Principles and of the
Vilnius Declaration, and the establishing of the
US Presidential Commission on Holocaust-Era Assets.