Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Where it seems likely that an artwork was obtained from its owner by theft, confiscation or sale under duress, the museum is required to contact the relatives or heirs of the owner and to attempt to reach an appropriate solution. If the heirs decided to claim the object, the museum and the claimants may decided jointly to place the matter before the Restitutions Committee for a binding decision. If the object is in the possession of the Dutch government, family members or heirs of the original owner may apply in writing to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) for restitution.

The Restitutions Committee, an independent advisory committee, was set up by the Dutch government in 2002 to assess claims to works of art which had been relinquished involuntarily as a direct result of the Nazi regime.