Forgotten
Life Stories

  • Foto Berolzheimer
    Kunstwerk aus der Sammlung von Berolzheimer

    Michael Berolzheimer

    In the salon of Untergrainau

    Threatened, excluded, cancelled

    Threatened, excluded, cancelled

  • Foto Mosse
    Kunstwerk aus der Sammlung von Mosse

    Rudolf Mosse

    The Press Baron Invites Visitors to his “Mosseum”

    Aryanized, expropriated, expelled

    Aryanized, expropriated, expelled

With their passion for art they shaped European cultural life. Then they were persecuted, dispossessed, expelled, and murdered by the National Socialists – simply because they were Jews. Here we tell some of their life stories.

  • Foto Guttsmann
    Kunstwerk aus der Sammlung von Guttsmann

    Friedrich Guttsmann

    The worry-free manufacturer

    Deprived of work, home, and rights

    Deprived of work, home, and rights

  • Foto Schmidl
    Kunstwerk aus der Sammlung von Schmidl

    Marianne Schmidl

    A Fascination for Africa

    Abgewiesen, ausgenommen, ermordet

    Abgewiesen, ausgenommen, ermordet

  • Foto Liebmann Mayer
    Kunstwerk aus der Sammlung von Liebmann Mayer

    August Liebmann Mayer

    In Love with Toledo

    Robbed, persecuted, murdered

    Robbed, persecuted, murdered

News

  • „Die Wege der Kunst. SpurenSuchen“. Ein neues Angebot in der Alten Nationalgalerie in Berlin

    Wie kam das Gemälde ins Museum? Wer hat die Skulptur dem Museum verkauft, und wer war diese Kunstsammlerin oder jener Händler? Antworten auf diese und ähnliche Fragen gibt ein neues Angebot zur Provenienzforschung. Es erzählt unter anderem die Geschichte des „Löwen“ von August Gaul und der „Susanna“ von Reinhold Begas, zwei Kunstwerke, die einst Rudolf Mosse gehörten.

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These biographies are just a few examples of countless stories of persecution. Additional biographies will be added at regular intervals. Do visit the website again to take a look.

A commemorative project

When museums research the provenance of their works, they uncover the history not only of ownership but also of the owners. With the multimedia project “Art, Looting, and Restitution – Forgotten Life Stories” the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections), in conjunction with the broadcasters Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (rbb) and Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), seek to commemorate the victims of persecution and dispossession. Who were the people concerned and what happened to the art that they owned? What does it mean for their descendants to have a piece of looted art returned?