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Searching for Looted Books in the Württemberg State Library

Since June 2016 the Württemberg State Library, as the first library in Baden-Württemberg, is systematically searching its inventory for looted books from the Nazi era. The three year project is equally financed by the Stiftung Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste and the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg. The findings are presented on conferences, registered in data bases as well as published in articles and on the library homepage.

During an air raid in September 1944 the Württemberg State Library was largely destroyed and nearly all items/books from the inventory that had not yet been stored elsewhere were lost. Among those were mainly acquisitions of the years before 1944. Determining today whether there were looted books among the ones destroyed is rather difficult if not impossible.

Soon after the destruction of the library the inventory was started being rebuilt with antiquarian books. Part of these books, which are in the library’s possession to date, are being examined for evidence of previous owners, i.e. provenance markers. Altogether a total of ca. 60.000 books will have been screened by the end of the project.

The findings are documented in a specifically created data base and are imported in/connected with the relevant supraregional catalogues/indices/registers/data bases (e.g. Lost-Art-Datenbank, Provenienz-Wiki) as well as the SWB-Verbundkatalog.


Contact

Project Management:
Dr. Hans-Christian Pust
Tel.: +49 711/212-4518

Project Assistant:
Maria Nüchter M.A.
Tel.: +49 711/212-4549


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Last update: 06.09.2018   © 2007 WLB
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