This story was written in 2004, but is still interesting.

by Shiela Steinman Wallace, editor, community
JFED Louisville, KY

May 28, 2004 – Stop for a moment and take a look around your house. What do you see?
Furniture and carpeting, art and photographs, dishes, pots, pans and silverware, linens and towels, clothes, shoes, hats, computers and much more.
Now consider for a moment, what if you had to document the source and prior ownership of everything you see – or at least for those items that you have acquired since 1933. It would be a daunting task and, in many cases, nearly impossible to accomplis.
Yet, that is exactly what the Speed Art Museum is doing; and it is not alone. Across the country and around the world, art museums are looking at their collections and documenting the provenance or origin of each piece, trying to ensure that each item they hold was acquired legitimately and none have come to them, even indirectly, as the result of illegal Nazi confiscations.

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