‘Schwabing Art Trove’ Taskforce - Office Team

Taskforce Schwabinger Kunstfund
Dorotheenstraße 85
D-10117 Berlin

Tel +49 (0) 30 2061487-10
Fax +49 (0) 30 2061487-90
Mail office@taskforce-kunstfund.de 


Director
Dr. Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel

Coordination
Dr. Andrea Baresel-Brand

Press & Communication
Tel +49 (0) 30 2061487-40
Mail presse@taskforce-kunstfund.de

Contact for restitution claims

Following the agreement between the state of Bavaria, and the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Kunstmuseum Bern Foundation of 24 November 2014 , the Task Force remains the primary point of contact for anyone wishing to file a claim on the works under investigation. Once the Task Force has issued an official provenance report  on a work, all questions relating to restitution claims on that work must be taken up directly with the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media: 

Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

Referat K 47 - Förderung der Provenienzforschung, Restitution von NS-Raubkunst, Rückführung von Beutekunst
Köthener Straße 2
10963 Berlin
Email: K47@bkm.bund.de


Information on the documents you will be required to present in the event of a possible 
restitution 

The following documents demonstrating power of attorney and right of inheritance are required before a restitution can occur. These documents are required by law, but also serve to protect the beneficiary.

  • a notarized copy of a will (if available) of the person who was divested of the work as a direct result of National Socialist persecution (in the case of a foreign testament, the document should include an apostille and a notarized translation), or a certificate of inheritance (Erbschein) or, in the case of an inheritance under foreign law, a certificate of inheritance recognizing this foreign law, issued by a German court (Fremdrechtserbschein);
  • a notarised copy of all other testaments (in the case of foreign testaments, the documents should include an apostille and a notarized translation) for all deceased heirs or beneficiaries after this person, or the appropriate certificates of inheritance (Erbscheine), or, in the case of an inheritance under foreign law, certificates of inheritance recognizing this foreign law, issued by a German court (Fremdrechtserbscheine);
  • the original documents granting power of attorney for all beneficiaries stated in the aforementioned certification, entitling their legal representatives to carry out all actions necessary in connection with the restitution of the artwork, including, if necessary, its receipt.