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Contested Collections: Grappling With History and Forging Pathways for Repatriation

A virtual symposium to examine the complicated histories of cultural heritage collections, the expropriation of artifacts through colonialism and looting, the ethics of ownership and restitution, and decolonization in libraries, archives, and museums.


Judaica books to be repatriated to the Jewish Museum in Prague / Photo credit: UCLA Library


UCLA Library's International & Area Studies Department presents a digital exhibit that tells the story of six Judaica books that were looted by Nazis during World War II and rediscovered decades later at UCLA. The exhibit contextualizes the books' histories, investigates their journey from Europe to the United States, and documents the library's process for returning the books to their rightful stewards at the Jewish Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. View it here!