Art and Cultural Property Restitution

WJRO works with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) toward the restitution of Jewish-owned art, Judaica and other cultural property stolen or destroyed during the Holocaust. Looted cultural property includes not just art works but also ritual objects with religious significance and family heirlooms. These artifacts are often the last personal link heirs may have to families destroyed in the Holocaust.

Working with relevant governments and Jewish communities around the world, we focus on three main tasks:

  • Encouraging the restitution of looted art to original owners
  • Provenance research
  • The creation of a just and simple claims process in all countries.

WJRO and the Claims Conference do not take on representation of individual claimants.

Please visit the WJRO/Claims Conference Looted Art & Cultural Property Initiative webpage to learn more.