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

Search at once across all the archival collections at participating institutions. Resources may include descriptions of archival materials and digital images. The hit count for each collection is shown with a quick link to the results.

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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 Collections

This is the list of the archival collections, databases, and finding aids that are used in the portal search feature.

Collection NameCoverageTotal Records
Art Database of the National Fund (Austria) Austria
Belgium Holocaust Assets Finding Aid Belgium
Central Collecting Point München Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Yugoslavia, Greece, Norway, The Netherlands
Database of Art Objects at Jeu de Paume France, Belgium
Findbuch Austria
German Sales Catalogs, 1930-1945 Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Lost Art Internet Database (Magdeburg)
Memorial de la SHOAH Archives France, Germany
National Archives of the United States Catalog Europe
National Archives of the United States Holocaust-Era Assets on Fold3 (Ardelia Hall, etc.) Europe
National Archives of UK Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Yugoslavia

The International Research Portal was developed by DCIC, University of Maryland, and is now hosted by the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI).

Digital Innovation & Curation Center, University of Maryland European Holocaust Research Infrastructure