The Jewish Genealogy Association 

Restitution of looted books

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Colleagues,

The Municipal Library of Nuremberg is housing as a permanent loan from the Jewish Community of Nuremberg (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Nürnberg) a remarkable collection of looted books. That collection of about 9000 prints was taken forcibly from persecuted Jews, freemasons, priests and other groups victimized in the period of Nazi-rule 1933 to 1945. This collection, today known as the ‘Collection IKG / Sammlung IKG’ (Sammlung der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde), was found at the end of World War 2 in the editorial offices of the infamous anti-Semitic periodical ‘Der Stürmer’ plus in the private residence of Julius Streicher at Cadolzburg near Fürth.

In the search for the previous owners of these books the Municipal Library of Nuremberg is publishing a list of 1390 names of individuals or statutory corporations and institutions from 300 towns all over Europe. A noteworthy number of books has already been restituted to their former owners or legal successors from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Switzerland and the United States of America. This effort is being done pro bono, we are thereby trying to fulfill our ethical and historical obligations.

We are hereby cordially asking for your assistance in this endeavor.
Please have a scrutinizing look at this search-list – sorted according to names and to places – comparing it to your own findings. We would be enormously indebted to you, if you would be ready to inform your staff, colleagues and partners, the visitors and users of your institutions about this effort. It would furthermore be most helpful to spread the word by placing links of our search-list on your own homepage. Every hint and bit of information thus gained could turn into one more step in the direction of restituting those looted books. Thank you!

Information about the IKG collection on Internet:

The current search-list sorted by names:

The current search-list sorted by places:

Read more about the Collection IKG:

With best regards

Leibl Rosenberg

Stadt Nürnberg - Stadtbibliothek im Bildungscampus Nürnberg

i. A. Leibl Rosenberg, M.A.
90403 Nürnberg, Gewerbemuseumsplatz 4

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