Statement issued by the German Lost Art Foundation concerning the war in Ukraine

The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion views the cur­rent de­vel­op­ment of the war in Ukraine with great con­cern. It con­demns the at­tack on Ukraine by the Rus­sian side and calls for an im­me­di­ate end to the war as well as a swift res­o­lu­tion of the con­flict be­tween the states con­cerned.

The Di­rec­tor of the Foun­da­tion, Prof. Dr. Gilbert Lupfer, says: “Our man­date is de­rived in par­tic­u­lar from the con­se­quences of Na­tion­al So­cial­ist per­se­cu­tion and the Sec­ond World War. Through its work, the Foun­da­tion at­tempts to make some con­tri­bu­tion to repa­ra­tions, if that is at all pos­si­ble. New wars in­evitably lead to new suf­fer­ing and new in­jus­tice, as is the case now in Ukraine.”

The mis­sion of the Foun­da­tion is to pro­mote di­a­logue, tol­er­ance and in­ter­na­tion­al un­der­stand­ing. Like the for­mer Magde­burg Co­or­di­na­tion Of­fice, one of its pre­de­ces­sor in­sti­tu­tions, the Foun­da­tion has co­op­er­at­ed with nu­mer­ous cul­tur­al her­itage in­sti­tu­tions in Ukraine for years in a spir­it of trust.