Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2006

In Osteuropa 1-2/2006

Between the Zones
The Restitution to Russia of Art Pillaged by the Nazis

Margarita Zinič

Deutsche Fassung


The cultural assets that Russia lost in the war against Nazi Germany were in large part irreplaceable. Restitution in kind was to have partially satisfied Soviet restitution claims. Experts put together lists of equivalents with German artworks as replacement for lost Russian works. In order retrieve looted cultural assets from Germany, the Soviet Union had to rely on cooperation with the other allies. After the war, successes were scored in the exchange between the zones of occupation. As the Cold War set in, cooperation in the question of restitution also became more difficult.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2006, pp. 323–328)