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Austrian restitution website

Austria has created an online database containing information about objects of art and other cultural items that were likely to have been expropriated between 1938 and 1945, when Austria became a part of Nazi Germany.

http://www.kunstrestitution.at includes works of art that are now in museums and collections owned by the federal government or the city of Vienna. By launching the online database Austria hopes to identify the original owners of the artworks, or their heirs.

The database was put together by the Austrian National Fund in cooperation with museums and special commissions that have been tasked with tracing the origins of artwork obtained during the Nazi era. The origins of some of the items are still in question and it remains to be determined if they were looted.