PROVENENCE RESEARCH AT THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
During the Nazi-era, especially the time of World War II, cultural goods of all kinds were expropriated, stolen, sold under duress, trafficked or redistributed and therefore acquired illegally. Libraries also profited from this theft. In May 2007, the Medical University of Vienna established a provenance research project to systematically audit their library collections for questionable acquisitions with the aim of determining any items of illegal provenance. The project’s goal is to prepare such items ready for restitution to their rightful owners, their heirs or legal successors.