Chaplain Samuel Blinder examines one of the hundreds of “Saphor Torahs” (sacred scrolls) part of a cache of Hebrew and Jewish books that were stolen and collected from every occupied country in Europe. 
7 July 1945.

Hermann Goering’s art collection, stolen from museums across Europe, is stored temporarily in building near Berchtesgaden while being catalogued,
June 9, 1945.

Artworks that were confiscated and collected for Adolf Hitler, seen here examining art in a storage facility, were designated for a proposed Führermuseum in Linz, Austria.

One of the trucks that transported the art treasures to Florence, Italy. The paintings had been stolen by the German Army and recovered by the U.S. Army and returned to the city of Florence. 
23 July 1945.

Adam and Eve from Norton Simone, stolen by Nazis and recovered later.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander,accompanied by General Omar Bradley and Lt. Gen. George Patton, Jr., inspects stolen art treasures
Documenting Nazi Plunder of European Art.


American G.I.s hand-carried paintings down the steps of the Neuschwanstein Castle under the supervision of Captain James Rorimer.

Documenting Nazi Plunder of European Art U.S. Soldiers examine Edouard Manet’s “In the Conservatory”.
April 25, 1945

Who We Are

The Cultural Property and Provenance Project is a project of the European Shoah Legacy Institute, which aims to address the key issue to ensure repatriation, recovery and restitution/compensation of immovable and movable property, Judaica, and other cultural artifacts looted or otherwise unlawfully acquired by the Nazis and their fascist allies during the Second World War.   Read more >>

What We Do

The Holocaust-Era Assets Conference of June 2009 in Prague and the resulting Terezin Declaration endorsed by forty-seven countries reaffirmed the crying need for addressing issues surround the restitution and compensation of immovable and movable property, and Judaica. The murderous assault on European Jewry during the Holocaust included robbery on a massive scale. The seizure of Jewish property and the property of other victims by the Nazis and their allies was not an ephemeral, coincidental aspect of the Holocaust, but part of its essential driving force. While there have been positive steps relating to the restitution of both immovable and movable private and communal property seized from the Jews, progress … for the most part, has been slow at best. A substantial number of formerly Jewish-owned, real properties confiscated during the Holocaust era, especially in the countries of Central and East Europe have not been returned, nor has compensation been paid, to their rightful owners. Indeed, seven decades after the end of World War II and twenty five years after the collapse of the Iron Curtain, an overwhelming portion of such confiscated property remains in the hands of governments (at some level) or local populations, protected by prevailing (or the absence of pertinent) national laws. Read more >>