Join The Hunt

The Monuments Men found and restituted almost 5 million art and cultural objects—paintings, drawings, sculpture and religious objects—many stolen by Hitler and the Nazis.

But their mission was not completed. Hundreds of thousands of works of art and important cultural documents remain missing even today.

  Saving Cultural Treasures  

...from the destructiveness of war, and theft by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis

Countries that suffered from the Nazi plunder have created databases of the art still missing. While these databases provide invaluable information, a comprehensive cross-referencing database has never been created.

 

Our “Join the Hunt” lists are the first of their kind, providing the public with essential information about major works of art and documents missing since the war. The selection process involved extensive searches of international lost art databases focusing on works of art for which there was an image, and which we believe survived the war. It is not a comprehensive list; no list could be.

Most Wanted: Works of Art

   Family Claims 

We also provide a platform to allow anybody who’s looking for property stolen during WWII to use our visibility to advertise a cultural object gone missing during the war that they are looking for. We hope to match the missing objects to the current owners and, ultimately, illuminate their path home.

Operating in the footsteps of the Monuments Men and Women, the Foundation assists those seeking to return cultural objects in their possession that may have been taken as souvenirs during or after the war, especially World War II veterans and their heirs, on a pro bono basis. The Foundation respects the desire of those wishing to assist anonymously by maintaining all information it receives in confidence.    

  Methodology  

The selection process of works of art on this list involved extensive searches of lost art data bases and discussions with heirs looking for lost collections. It focuses on works of art for which there was an image, and which we believe survived the war. It is not a comprehensive list; no list could be. The Monuments Men Foundation will regularly be adding to this list. It will consider all submissions meeting this criteria. The decision to add any submissions is at the sole discretion of the Foundation. Submittals, containing an image and information similar to the above entries, should be forwarded to: WWIIart @ monumentsmenfoundation.org.