International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property

Search at once across the publicly searchable archival collections at participating institutions. The hit count for each collection is shown with a quick link to the results. You may also browse our resource guide for descriptions and links to participating institutions.

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About the Portal

The International Research Portal is a collaboration of national and other archival institutions with records that pertain to Nazi-Era cultural property. These archival institutions, along with expert national and international organizations, are working together to extend public access to the widely-dispersed records through this single internet Portal. The Portal enables families to research their losses; provenance researchers to locate important documentation; and historians to study newly accessible materials on the history of this period. This collaborative project was established to fulfill the objectives of the 1998 Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, the 2000 Vilnius Forum Declaration and the 2009 Terezin Declaration, particularly to make all such records publicly accessible.

The Portal links researchers to archival materials consisting of descriptions of records and, in many cases, digital images of the records that relate to cultural property that was stolen, looted, seized, forcibly sold, or otherwise lost during the Nazi era. These records, which are in many different languages, include Nazi documentation, governmental records from 1933 onwards, inventories of recovered artworks, post-war claims records and auction house and art dealer records. Cultural property documented in these records covers a broad range from artworks to books and libraries, religious objects, antiquities, archival documents, carvings, silver and more.

All descriptions within the Portal are provided in English. As you click through the Portal to affiliated websites, the descriptions are written in the national language of each institution, and in some instances, are available in English, as well.

Included Resources

This is the list of the organizations whose archival collections, databases, and finding aids are used in the portal's search and browse features. For more information about the included collections and more resources, please see the resources page.

Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine (TsDAVO)
Commission for Looted Art in Europe
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
Das Bundesarchiv (Germany Federal Archives)
Deutsches Historisches Museum Included in Portal Search
Deutsches Kunstarchiv im Germanischen Nationalmuseum
France Diplomatie
Getty Research Institute Included in Portal Search
Heidelberg University Library
Italian Directorate General of Archives
Landesarchiv Berlin
Memorial de la SHOAH Included in Portal Search
National Archives of the United Kingdom Included in Portal Search
National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism Included in Portal Search
NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies
State Archives in Belgium Included in Portal Search
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Included in Portal Search
United States National Archives and Records Administration Included in Portal Search