International Research: Nazi-Era Cultural Property

Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg (Heidelberg University Library)

Heidelberg University Library provides access to over 3.000 auction catalogues published between 1930 and 1945 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and additional countries occupied by Germany during this period. The auction catalogues were digitized within the framework of the project "German Sales 1930-1945. Art Works, Art Markets, and Cultural Policy". The Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin as well as the Getty Research Institute were partners in this project.

All of the digitized auction catalogues, which today are scattered over numerous art and museum libraries, are accessible free of charge on the website of Heidelberg University Library as well as within the overall context of the project "German Sales 1930-1945" on In addition to the digital images, OCR processing has provided searchable full texts. Refined search functions including the full text search have improved the accessibility to material that previously has been difficult to access. The search options provide the possibility to browse the digital collection by countries, cities, auction houses or collectors.

Digitalisierte Auktionskataloge

German Sales 1930-1945
Art Works, Art Markets and Cultural Policy

For more information about the international cooperative digitization of these auction catalogs, please visit "German Sales 1930-1945" on
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