Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2006

In Osteuropa 1-2/2006

Act Collectively, Instead of Pressuring Individually
Switzerland and Its Handling of Pillaged Art

Andrea F. G. Raschèr

Deutsche Fassung


The growing number of publicly discussed and identified artworks that were pillaged during the Nazi era show that the topic has not lost any of its timeliness. Works of art have an emotional value. This aspect will have to be taken into account in future. All participants must be aware that artworks have their own history, which sooner or later will come to light – whether one wants it to or not. The moral duty to compensate for past injustices is the very least we owe the victims of the Holocaust.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2006, pp. 447–458)