June 30, 2009
Andrew Dismore’s bill to allow the return of items looted during the holocaust now looks as though it is likely to become law. I would question though whether the problem it deals with is the loophole that it is described as here – to my mind it was very deliberately created part of the regulations governing many museums – although now some of its side effects are becoming less palatable to the public.
House of Commons OKs Restitution Bill on Nazi-Looted Art
Published: June 29, 2009
LONDON—A British bill that, at least in theory, would help return artworks looted by the Nazis to their rightful owners has cleared the House of Commons and now goes to the House of Lords. Members of Parliament in the House say the measure is largely symbolic and may never be used, but they believe it still sends an important signal about correcting an injustice.
Andrew Dismore’s Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill will plug a legal loophole preventing restitution in some cases. The bill covers such institutions as the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum, and it allows the Spoliation Advisory Panel to assess whether a work of art was looted and then recommend to the culture secretary if it should be returned. According to Dismore, a Labour Member of Parliament, the best estimate is that there are about 20 looted items in U.K. museums, although there could be more.
- Nazi loot in UK set to be returned : July 13, 2009
- Parliamentary bill on Nazi-looted art : April 23, 2009
- Changing the law on looted artefacts : November 24, 2009
- Holocaust looted art bill will allow de-acessioning of some artefacts : November 29, 2009
- Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill draft wording : May 8, 2009
- The Holocaust (stolen art) Restitution Bill : April 3, 2009
- Nazi looted artefacts in the UK can now return home : December 4, 2009
- New law to allow return of Nazi loot : April 2, 2009