In the period 1933-1945 the Nazi regime looted and confiscated an unprecedented number of cultural objects in many countries, including the Netherlands. Objects were also sold or surrendered, sometimes under duress. After the Second World War some of them were returned. Here you can find links to more information about how we in the Netherlands handle this cultural property.
Cultural Goods World War II
Search in the collection
The online ‘Cultural Goods WWII’ portal includes pictures and information about cultural objects from the period 1933-1945. Here you can search freely in the NK Collection, museum acquisitions and the SNK (Netherlands Art Property Foundation) registration forms on works not returned.
Submitting a request
You want to submit a restitution request for an art object or other cultural property from the period 1933-1945 (WWII). How can you do that?
Results of provenance research
A brief introduction to various provenance investigations, past and present, and their results.
Sources and archives
A list of sources and archives which may be useful when undertaking provenance research. (Information in Dutch.)
How to do provenance research
In Autumn 2023 some guidelines and tips for doing provenance research will be published online.
Restitution policy and its implementation
A brief description of the various bodies responsible for applying the restitution policy.
Stories and background information
'In pursuit of provenance’ blogs
Blogs about provenance research conducted on objects from the Netherlands Art Property (NK) Collection.
Interviews and articles
Background information about the restitution policy, how it is put into effect and other activities.