Auctioned, Sold, Monetised. The Liquidation of Jewish Assets

The Day of Provenance Research, initiated by the “Arbeitskreis für Provenienzforschung“ (Working group for provenance research), takes place once every year in April. On this day the museums present their current research strategies and principal lines of inquiry. In the DHM blog our provenance researchers shed light on their usually meticulous detective work in searching for the origin and original owners of the objects. In the last article on this topic Dr Heike Krokowski describes the challenge of determining the origin of typical everyday articles that once belonged to Jewish families and were “monetised” in auctions by the Nazi state, i.e. turned into money.