If you, your family or your institution were the victims of Nazi looting between 1933-1945, CLAE will work to research, locate and recover your looted artworks. For full information about how we can assist you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone us at the number below or write to us by mail (including with any relevant documentation) to:
76 Gloucester Place
London W1U 6HJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7487 3401
Fax: +44 (0)20 7487 4211
All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Researching and recovering your losses
If you wish to pursue a claim, we will first need to gather all available information on what was looted.
You may, for example, hold information in your family that could be very helpful in our research to identify your losses. It is always worth discussing with any surviving members of the family, or anyone who knew the family during the period, what may have been looted and the circumstances of the looting. Should no one be available who recalls exactly what occurred, then try to write down what you and your family may have been told in the past. This information should include, if possible, your family's home and business addresses, details of when and where the works were obtained, and any exhibitions or publications in which they might have appeared during or before your family's ownership.
In addition, collect any available documentation, for instance, inventories, insurance documents or photographs which show the works. This documentation might also include information about any post-war attempts to find or recover the works.
Do not be discouraged if you have very little information to provide. There are many sources and archives in various countries which contain such information and which CLAE can locate.
CLAE will then work to locate the missing works of art and recover them. The Commission is expert in the recovery of looted works of art in all countries and has negotiated many settlements with governments, the art trade, museums and individual collectors internationally. It has achieved the restitution of many hundreds of artworks on behalf of individuals and families worldwide.
The Commission's expert staff are always available to provide free, confidential, professional and impartial advice to any claimant in need of guidance on any aspect of a claim they are already pursuing or may wish to pursue.
Through its Central Registry of Information, the Commission has access to the largest online database of Nazi looted art as well as to a confidential database and to up-to-date auction and sales information internationally. Claimants may register their losses with the Commission by contacting us at the addresses above.