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Conference: "Jewish Cultural Treasures in Europe after the Holocaust.
Restitution and Relocation"

To conclude the exhibition "Looting and Restitution. Jewish Owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present," the Jewish Museum Berlin has been organizing an international conference on the variations from country to country in the legal and political requirements for the restitution of cultural artifacts. The conferences has focused on the handling of looted Jewish cultural artifacts in the early postwar years. The conference was held in English.

Download program (PDF, 60 KB, Status on January 22, 2009) or see below.

When: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January 2009, 10 am to 6.30 pm
Where: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstr. 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Old Building, Concert Hall on second level
Admission: free

Programm (Status on January 22, 2009)

SATURDAY, 24th of JANUARY 2009
US-Chaplain Samuel Blinder examines Tora scrolls robbed by Nazis, Frankfurt am Main 6 July 1945, © National Archives, Washington
US-Chaplain Samuel Blinder examines Tora scrolls robbed by Nazis, Frankfurt am Main 6 July 1945
© National Archives, Washington

PANEL I
CONFRONTING LOOTING AND DESTRUCTION: NEW STRATEGIES

10.00 Introduction

Inka Bertz, Jewish Museum Berlin

10.30 Reconstructing Jewish Cultural Landscapes The "Tentative Lists" Project 19441948

Elisabeth Gallas, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

11.15 Hashavat Avedah: JCR, Inc. and the Rescue of Heirless Jewish Cultural Property After WW II

Dana Herman, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati

12.00 Lunch Break



PANEL II
GERMANY AND AUSTRIA

13.30 To Whom Do the Jewish Cultural Treasures Belong after 1945? Conflict of Interests in the City of Frankfurt am Main

Katharina Rauschenberger, Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main

14.15 The Situation in Berlin

Ruth Recknagel, Former Judge on the Berlin Kammergericht, Director of the Berlin Office of Restitution until 2004

15:00 Displaced on Three Continents. The Fate of the Material Heritage of the Jewish Community in Vienna

Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Jewish Museum Vienna

15.45 Coffee Break



PANEL III
EAST CENTRAL EUROPE I

16.15 Re/con/stituting Memory: Restitution of Jewish-Owned Cultural Assets in the Czech Republic

Michaela Sidenberg, Jewish Museum in Prague

17.00 Dealing with the Jewish Cultural Assets in Post-War Poland

Nawojka Cieslinska-Lobkowicz, Art Historian and Provenance Researcher, Warsaw/Munich

17.45 The Jewish Historical Institute as a Repository for Jewish Cultural Treasures in Poland

Eleonora Bergman, Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw

Sunday, 25th of JANUARY 2009
American GIs, supervised by MFA&A officer James Rorimer, carrying paintings from Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg's depot for looted cultural artifacts at Neuschwanstein Castle, May 1945 - © National Archives, Washington
American GIs, supervised by MFA&A officer James Rorimer, carrying paintings from Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg's depot for looted cultural artifacts at Neuschwanstein Castle, May 1945
© National Archives, Washington

PANEL IV
WESTERN EUROPE

10.00 A Matter of Conscience? Legal and Moral Aspects of Dutch Restitution Policy

Julie Marthe Cohen, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

10.45 The Fate of Jewish-Owned Cultural Treasures in Paris and in France

Laurence Sigal, Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Paris

11.30 Looted Jewish Art and Cultural Properties in Italy. The Difficult Restitution and Compensation after 1945

Paola Bertilotti, Sciences-Po, Paris / Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyon

12.15 Lunch Break



PANEL V
EAST CENTRAL EUROPE II

13.45 Lviv 1944 Now. Jewish Cultural Objects and Property. Some Cases and Tendencies

Tarik Cyril Amar, Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv

14.30 Restitution Issues in Post-War Romania

Hildrun Glass, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

15.15 "Disappeared?" The Fate of Jewish-Owned Cultural Artifacts in Hungary after 1945

Eszter Gantner, ELTE University of Budapest Center for Central European German Jewish Culture

16.00 Final Discussion: Open Questions, Ongoing Controversies

Download program (PDF, 60 KB, Status on January 22, 2009).

When: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January 2009, 10 am to 6.30 pm
Where: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstr. 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Old Building, Concert Hall on second level
Admission: free