Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2006

In Osteuropa 1-2/2006

Königsberg Transfer
The Search for Cultural Assets in Kaliningrad

Avenir Ovsjanov

Deutsche Fassung


After the attack on the Soviet Union in 1941, the Germans began bringing plundered works of art from the Soviet Union to Königsberg. The trail of German and Soviet artworks that passed through the city was lost in the confusion of the war’s end. The location of numerous items remains unresolved to this day. Researchers have found paintings, folios, porcelain and ornamental elements. Because these were not exchanged, and because searches in the restricted military area of what is now Kaliningrad were hampered, no systematic lists of holdings were kept. Since 1991, a new research centre has yielded success. It has discovered parts of the Königsberg Archive and items from the Museum of Prussia.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2006, pp. 315–322)