In December 1998, the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets adopted eleven principles. Museums in the signatory states committed to verifying the origins of their collections with a view to establishing whether they contained works of art that were illegally confiscated during the Nazi regime.

The following year, Germany’s Federal Government, Federal States (Länder) and National Associations of Local Governments reaffirmed this commitment in the Berlin Declaration, calling on Germany’s museums and institutions to undertake a critical review of their collections to determine whether they contained “cultural assets seized as a result of Nazi persecution, particularly those belonging to Jewish owners”.

The Münchner Stadtmuseum is contributing towards meeting this commitment. In September 2011, a fixed-term research project was established in collaboration with the Office of Provenance Investigation and Research in Berlin. The investigation of artefacts of uncertain provenance will encompass the museum’s collections of paintings, drawings and graphic art, plastic art, arts & crafts, coins and medals, textiles and musical instruments. A systematic check of the museum’s acquisitions will be carried out in conjunction with an investigation of its acquisition and staffing policy between 1933 and 1945. This will enable us to build a comprehensive picture of the Münchner Stadtmuseum under the Nazi regime. The project’s results will be published in a final report.


Dr. Regina Prinz
Münchner Stadtmuseum
St.-Jakobs-Platz 1
80331 München