Washington Principles

The ‘Washington Principles’ were agreed at an international conference in 1998. At the conference a total of 43 states and 13 non-governmental organizations pledged to identify cultural property that was seized, looted, or sold under duress and to reach just and fair solutions with the heirs.

Germany subsequently issued the ‘Joint Declaration by the Federal Government, the Länder and the National Associations of Local Authorities on the Tracing and Return of Nazi-Confiscated Art, Especially Jewish Property’ in 1999.

On the Washington Principles :

Explanatory video by the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Lost Art Foundation):