The Restitutions Committee

The Advisory Committee on the Assessment of Restitution Applications for Items of Cultural Value and the Second World War (in brief referred to as: the Restitutions Committee) advises on claims to looted art. Works of art which former owners lost possession of because of theft, confiscation or (enforced) sale during the Nazi regime may now be owned by the State of the Netherlands (National Art Collection), a provincial/local government institution, a foundation or a private individual. Since early 2002, a claim to a stolen work of art can be submitted to the Restitutions Committee for investigation and advice as an alternative way of settling a dispute. The Restitutions Committee operates independently from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), and comprises lawyers, a historian and an art historian.

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25 November 2020

I want to file a request

You want to file a request for restitution regarding nazi-looted art. How does this work? What matters do you need to take into account, and which things are needed? Read more about points of attention and which steps to take when you want to put a claim before the Restitutions Committee.

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I received a request

Somebody is claiming a work of art you own on the grounds of involuntary loss of possession during the nazi-regime. What to do? The Restitutions Committee can offer a solution for conflicts surrounding nazi-looted art. Read here which steps you have to take to get the committee involved.  

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General information

Are you looking for more information about the Restitutions Committee, its history, and Dutch policy regarding nazi-looted art? Do you want to know more about nazi-looting? Are you looking for links to other institutions?

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Information

The Restitutions Committee harbours a lot of knowledge on nazi-looted art, in both art-historical as well as legal matters. The committee applies this knowledge daily when researching and assessing restitution claims. The committee shares her expertise with partners and other interested parties, amongst others through lectures, symposia, meetings and by publicizing articles and books.

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Restitutions Committee Chair Appointed
Jacob Kohnstamm has been appointed Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Assessment of Restitution Applications for Items of Cultural Value and the Second World War (the Restitutions Committee). Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, made the decision. The appointment, which took effect on 28 September 2021, is for a period of three years, with the option to renew once.
New Decree Establishing the Restitutions Committee and Restitutions Committee Regulations
On 7 December 2020 the Committee for the Evaluation of the Restitution Policy for Cultural Heritage Objects from the Second World War, the Kohnstamm Committee, advocated in its report Striving for Justice a recalibration and intensification of the restitution policy by, among other things, changing the assessment framework.