Issues of Ownership
Over the course of history, objects have found their way into the Foundation’s holdings whose origins have not been completely clarified. The Foundation aims to establish who owns these objects.
The National Socialist policy of persecution and the Second World War are the primary reasons why there are works of art and books in the collections today that were seized illegally from their previous owners. If the appropriate requirements are fulfilled, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) returns works to Jewish pre-war owners or their rightful heirs. The Foundation also returns objects in other cases. The condition is that they are clearly not the property of the Foundation and the legal owner has to be identified.