Aug 26, 2007 22:25 | Updated Aug 26, 2007 22:25
Israel Museum launches site for works stolen in WWII

The Israel Museum has launched an on-line catalogue of works of art and Judaica looted during World War II and given to the museum after the war, the museum announced Sunday.

An anonymous tempera painting from the 19th century, of a girl in profile, somewhat reminiscent of Boticelli’s style, from a collection of paintings stolen by the Nazis. The piece is part of the Israel Museum’s collection today.

The Jerusalem museum houses several hundred works stolen during the Holocaust that either have no record of prior ownership or came from institutions that did not survive the war.

The property was originally given to the Bezalel National Museum, the Israel Museum’s predecessor, by the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization, which was charged with reclaiming stolen Jewish property and which transferred many works of art and Judaica to Jewish institutions in Israel and around the world.

The works were subsequently moved to the Israel Museum in 1965, when the museum was founded.

The on-line catalogue – accessible on the Israel Museum’s Web site, – provides information on paintings, drawings and Judaica objects, and includes images, titles of works, names of artists (if known), countries of origin (if known), dimensions and other identifying characteristics.