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Press release from the Advisory Commission on the return of cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution, especially Jewish property

The Chairperson

New chair of the Advisory Commission

Date 2017.11.20

Berlin. At the meet­ing of the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion on Novem­ber 9, 2017, Pro­fes­sor Hans-Jür­gen Pa­pi­er was elect­ed as the new chair­man and Pro­fes­sor Wolf Tegeth­off as the new deputy chair­man of the Com­mis­sion.

Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion­er for Cul­ture and the Me­dia, Moni­ka Grüt­ters, wel­comed the elec­tion of Hans-Jür­gen Pa­pi­er: “With the elec­tion of Prof. Pa­pi­er, a well-known and high­ly re­gard­ed in­di­vid­u­al is tak­ing over as chair of the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion. Prof. Pa­pi­er has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in deal­ing with com­pli­cat­ed and com­plex sit­u­a­tions and this will be in­valu­able in his new hon­orary post. I am de­light­ed that, once again, a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court is tak­ing up this im­por­tant po­si­tion as the suc­ces­sor to Prof. Lim­bach. In-depth le­gal knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence in strik­ing a bal­ance and the high so­cial rep­u­ta­tion of a pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court will con­tin­ue to strength­en the work of the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion in a na­tion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al con­text. The Com­mis­sion’s vol­un­tary work, which in­volves great per­son­al com­mit­ment, is so im­por­tant be­cause the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion are a sig­nif­i­cant part of ful­fill­ing Ger­many’s moral obli­ga­tion to deal with Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty and the prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples.”

Pro­fes­sor Pa­pi­er said: “I am look­ing for­ward to tak­ing up this new po­si­tion of re­spon­si­bil­i­ty. In Jut­ta Lim­bach, the Com­mis­sion was chaired by an in­di­vid­u­al who was high­ly re­gard­ed both in Ger­many and abroad, and who had ex­ert­ed a de­ci­sive in­flu­ence on the work of the Com­mis­sion since it was found­ed. It is a great hon­or for me to con­tin­ue this work be­cause the search for fair and just so­lu­tions with re­gard to Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty re­mains a high­ly sen­si­tive obli­ga­tion, both eth­i­cal­ly and po­lit­i­cal­ly.”

Pro­fes­sor Pa­pi­er has been a mem­ber of the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion since 2016. He was pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court from 2002 to 2010. Be­tween 2010 and 2015, Pro­fes­sor Pa­pi­er was chair of the Cham­ber of Pub­lic Re­spon­si­bil­i­ty of the Evan­gel­i­cal Church in Ger­many. From 1991 to 1998, he was chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion for the Re­view of As­sets of Par­ties and Mass Or­gan­i­sa­tions of the GDR. He was deputy chair­man of the ethics com­mit­tee of the Bay­erische Lan­desärztekam­mer from 1996 to 1998.

Pro­fes­sor Tegeth­off has been a mem­ber of the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion since 2008. He has been the di­rec­tor of the Zen­tralin­sti­tut für Kun­st­geschichte in Mu­nich since 1991 and has held guest pro­fes­sor­ships in Bonn, Haifa and Venice. Prof. Tegeth­off has been hon­orary pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mu­nich since 2000.

Pro­fes­sor Lim­bach was the elect­ed chair­wom­an of the Com­mis­sion from 2003 un­til her death in Septem­ber 2016. Pro­fes­sor Thomas Gaeth­gens was deputy chair­man un­til 2008; he was then suc­ceed­ed in the post in 2008 by Pro­fes­sor Rein­hard Rürup, who has act­ed as chair­man since the end of 2015 due to the ill­ness and death of Pro­fes­sor Lim­bach.

More in­for­ma­tion about the tasks of the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion and its mem­bers can be found on the www.kul­turgutver­ web­site.

Con­tact: Of­fice of the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion on the re­turn of cul­tur­al prop­er­ty seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion, es­pe­cial­ly Jew­ish prop­er­ty:

Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion
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