During the Second World War, the nazi's looted large quantities of valuable property, including art treasures, from the occupied territories to Germany. Thousands of works of art were confiscated, robbed or subject of (forced) sales. After 1945, the allies tracked down a part of these works of art and transported them back to their countries of origin. In The Netherlands, these works of art were put in custody of the Dutch State. Accompanied with this came the task to return the works of art to their rightful owners or their heirs (restitution). In the articles in this section, you can find more information on this topic.