Datenbank "Sammlung des Sonderauftrages Linz"

"The German Historical Museum (DHM), in cooperation with the Federal Office for Central Services and Unresolved Property Issues (BADV), places this image database on the Sonderauftrag Linz (Special Commission: Linz) on the Internet as completely as is currently possible. It shows paintings, sculptures, furniture, porcelain, and tapestries that Adolf Hitler and his agents purchased or appropriated from confiscated property between the end of the 1930s and 1945, primarily for a museum planned for Linz, but also for other collections. The inventory covered here comprises 4747 works, some of which are groupings of multiple items. This numerically small, but nonetheless important collection is illustrative of a subsegment of the National Socialist policy towards art. Placing the Linz collection online also provides a component for the research into National Socialism. Another Internet-based component will be the publishing at the end of 2008 of some 125.000 digital scans of file cards listing the Munich Central Collection Point’s (CCP) inventory, along with the respective photographs from the BADV. With these Linz collection databases, the Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive), BADV, and the DHM make sources available that are to help provenance researchers to comprehend the complex of National Socialist policy on art. It is hoped that the databases’ publication will serve to move forward enquires regarding still-unresolved cases of looted art, all the more because December 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of the “Washington Principals”, which form the foundation for current provenance research and restitution claims." The database can be searched by provenance, title, artist name or location. A full text search in the descriptions is also possible. Images are offered in medium resolution.

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