Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2006

In Osteuropa 1-2/2006

Raiders of the Lost Art
Italy, Restitution und Cultural Assets in Russia

Massimo Baistrocchi

Deutsche Fassung


Already during the Second World War, Italians set up the first organisations for to retrieving illegally transferred cultural works. Hundreds of thousands of art works were restituted from Germany. To this day, art works are missing that were located in the Italian Embassy in Berlin until the end of the Third Reich. It is suspected that they were taken away by the Red Army and are now in Russia. However, progress in the search for these works has run into difficulty. Russia suffers a lack transparency and is unwilling to cooperate.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2006, pp. 355–360)