We’ve all heard about priceless paintings being stolen from major museums. You may not know that there is a register for lost or stolen art and that museums have their own network to help retrieve missing art.

If interested, see http://www.museum-security.org

One use for this register is to record the more than 20,000 art objects stolen by the Nazis during WWII from the Jews in Belgium and France. Over half of the objects have not been returned to their original owners. There is a new listing–searching by item, artist, owner, and whether the art has been returned to families who owned them pre-WWII. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is providing technical support to the project of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.