Website aims to get Nazi-looted art back to owners
Last Updated Thu, 08 Jun 2006 16:24:28 EDT
CBC Arts
A new website aims to reunite Holocaust survivors or their heirs with art looted by the Nazis.

Swift-Find, an online registry of valuables, has created a database where families who have lost art can post information, and auction houses or museums that question the provenance of a work can check it out.

Its Looted Art Project is led by Shauna Isaac, who has worked with governments and agencies to create a database of looted art.

When the Nazis controlled Europe, they looted cultural objects from every country they occupied.

The Allies collected plundered works in Munich after the war and returned most artworks to the country of origin of the artist. Many countries placed unclaimed works into museums.