French SIG #France (France) Ramps Up Bid to Return Stolen WW ll Jewish Assets #france

Jan Meisels Allen

French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe said it has launched a project
to return cultural artifacts stolen >from Jews during World War ll. A new
task force was created to "shed light on cultural assets of dubious origins
held by public institutions." The assets were stolen between 1933 and 1945.
It is estimated that about 2,000 artifacts were sent >from Germany to France
after World War ll. They are held in French museums under "special status"
as their owners are not yet identified. Their status also means they should
never leave France.

Last month France and Germany signed an agreement to improve cooperation
in returning the seized objects to their rightful owners.

Researchers will work with libraries, archives and the French Foreign
Office to examine the cases individually, whether claims were filed by
family or uncovered during the investigation.

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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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