Legal notice


The database information provided represents an excerpt of the losses suffered by legal and natural persons and/or of corresponding third-party possession resulting from the Second World War and the Nazi rule in Germany. The responsibility and copyright for the data on which this website is based lie exclusively with the legal entities and natural persons reporting losses or third-party possession.

All information on losses and third-party possession has been taken from documents provided to the German Lost Art Foundation by third parties. The Foundation assumes no liability for the correctness of the data – in particular with regard to object and address data – or of information provided by third parties.

If an object is claimed by more than one person or institution, the request or report states the German Lost Art Foundation as contact. In case of inquiries, identifications or fundamental changes to the status of the case etc. the Foundation will inform all parties involved.

The database is continuously updated according to current requirements and developments. Additions and requests for corrections may be submitted to the Lost Art Foundation.

Our website contains links to websites operated by third parties over whose content we have no influence. Therefore, we cannot assume any liability for this external content. The respective provider or operator of the pages is always responsible for the content of the linked pages. The linked sites were checked for possible statutory violations at the time the link was created. Illegal content was not apparent at the time the link was created. From a legal aspect, especially with regard to to due diligence, the use of constitutes only an indication and does not relieve users of the obligation to conduct further research.

Legal representation

Reporting parties who are represented by a lawyer are requested to submit the corresponding letter of authorization to the Foundation together with their report.

Copyright and ancillary copyright

German copyright and ancillary copyright law apply to the content published on this website by the German Lost Art Foundation.  Reproduction, editing, dissemination or any other kind of use beyond German copyright and ancillary copyright requires the prior, express and written consent of the Foundation.

Copying or downloading this website and its contents is admissible within the scope of the limitation of copyright by the legally permitted uses. Beyond that, copying and downloading is permitted, as long as third-party copyright is not infringed. Any further commercial use is prohibited without the consent of the respective copyright holder.

The German Lost Art Foundation always endeavors to respect the copyrights of third parties, in particular by marking such rights. In the event that the user of the website notices a violation of copyright despite careful work, the German Lost Art Foundation requests to be notified in order to remove such content immediately or to restore it to the condition stipulated by copyright law.

Picture credit

The image material on this website is protected by copyright. The rights to the individual images are held by the institutions or persons named in each case.


  • A U.S. soldier of the 7th U.S. Army examines a statue, part of Hermann Goering’s private loot, near Schonau am Konigssee, 25 May, 1945 : © CPA Media Co. Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo
  • Inventory cards, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg : © Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, Foto: Marcus Kenzler

About Lost Art Database

  • Return of the holdings of the Green Vault Dresden, 1958 : © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Archiv, 303.3/M3, F 743
  • Loading pianos from confiscated property in Paris, 1943 : © BArch, B 323 Bild-0311-010
  • Workers unpacking porcelain from the "Operation Furniture" in the ERR warehouse in a Paris department store, c. 1942/43 : © BArch, B 323 Bild-0311-063

Report objects

  • Return of the holdings of the Green Vault Dresden, 1958 : © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Archiv, 303.3/M4, F 750

Documentation in the Lost Art Databasek

The documentation of an individual object or a collection in the Lost Art Database does not imply that it is in fact a cultural object that was seized as a result of Nazi persecution or that was removed or lost in connection with the Second World War. Documentation has no bearing on the right of ownership, the power of disposal or the existence of other legal entitlements, neither in favor of nor at the detriment of the respective reporting party or a third party. Registration in the Lost Art Database does not replace any legal assertion that may be made by the entitled institution or person, or any other measures for securing rights.