Under the 1999 “Joint Declaration”, Germany’s Federal Government, Federal States (Länder) and National Associations of Local Governments reaffirm that these items are cultural assets that were unlawfully seized by the Nazis and should therefore be returned to their former owners or heirs.
The Münchner Stadtmuseum is doing its utmost to meet this moral obligation. However, owing to the fragmentary nature of the records provided by the Municipal Pawn Office, it has not yet been able to trace the former owners of this silverware. The Münchner Stadtmuseum has therefore entered details of all these items into the www.lostart.de database of Germany’s central office for the documentation of lost cultural assets (Koordinierungsstelle Magdeburg). Furthermore, between January and July 2014, the collection will be shown publicly as part of an exhibition entitled “M. T. Wetzlar, Munich silversmiths, est. 1875 – aryanized 1938” in the hope of uncovering clues that may help us to establish the provenance of these items.