Sunday, June 10, 2012

Update on Central Library of Berlin Efforts to Identify Book Owners

In December I posted about the efforts of the Central Library of Berlin to find descendants of the owners of books that were confiscated by the Nazis during World War II.  On Friday I received a message from Peter Prölß of the library, who informed me that the library has published a new site that provides images and descriptions of the books, their provenance marks, and the names of the (assumed) previous owners. At (the site is in German) you can search the database by name and other options (an English-language page at has a basic search, but the German-language search is more robust).

Llibrary staff believe more than 200,000 suspect books are within their holdings.  New books and names will be added to the Web site on an ongoing basis.

You can read about some cases when books have been returned at:

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