Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project (JDCRP)

Camille Pissarro, Rue Saint-Honoré, Afternoon, Rain Effect
Camille Pissarro, Le Boulevard Montmartre, matinée de printemps

The Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project (JDCRP) is a joint initiative of the Commission for Art Recovery and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. It's goal is the creation of a comprehensive listing of all Jewish-owned cultural objects plundered by the Nazis and their allies from the time of their spoliation to the present.

The project will contribute to a better understanding of the history of looting agencies, the fate of individual objects, who the owners were and the commemoration of persecuted Jewish artists and their creative output. It will provide assistance to the families and heirs of art collectors, to museums, and to the art market, as well as offer best practices and provide educational material for the study of European Jewish life in the 20th century, the Holocaust, art history and provenance research on looted art. The project will also commemorate persecuted Jewish artists and explore their creative legacies.

The main outcome will be a web portal consisting of a database that permits through the use of various archival sources the comprehensive and precise documentation of cultural objects forcibly displaced and plundered during the Nazi era from the time of their spoliation to the present. It will also contain visual, narrative and educational components helping to disseminate the content of the database to academic and lay audiences.

JDCRP also aims at creating network of governmental and heritage institutions: archives, museums, libraries, art history institutes that collect European documents closely cooperating on developing the database, disseminating best practices and promoting further research on the topic.

Last update: January 22, 2018