The Holocaust Remembrance and Restitution Foundation, Inc. fights to return stolen antiquities while also working to stop the illegal antiquity market, advocate for and provide Holocaust/WWII/Communist crime and history education, and combat anti-Semitism and prejudice in society and around the world.
Stolen art and antiquities make up the third largest black market in the world, currently this market funds criminal states such as the Islamic State (ISIS), the People's Republic of China, Russian Federation, and many other nations across the globe. Within the United States alone, museums and educational institutions have thousands of stolen antiquities that haven't been researched nor attempted to be returned.
Holocaust education in our nation has seen a significant drop, not only this but ignorance of the history of the Holocaust, communist and socialist states, World War II, and other events has been seen throughout our western society. We look to change this by providing educational programs that will hopefully be adopted by high schools across the country.
Lastly, anti-Semitism and prejudice has been on the rise at an alarming rate across the planet. With growing attacks and instability within Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, we chose to combat these problems through education, legislation, and advocacy.
"Join us in our fight to help our world better understand the problems we face today, by educating our children about the history that affects us. May we never cease to do what is right and may we always strive for a better world for our future."
Lang Eric Sundby
President of the Holocaust Remembrance and Restitution Foundation
What we’ve done:
Over the short time that the Holocaust Remembrance and Restitution Foundation has existed, we have been able to restitute “La bergère” in an internationally unprecedented case that has changed the restitution industry. We have also been able to pass substantial pro-restitution legislation, conduct Holocaust education programs, participation in international and diplomatic conferences, and the passage of anti-boycott, divestment, and sanction legislation supporting the State of Israel.
What we’re doing:
The Foundation currently is working to create national crimes of totalitarian regimes education for high schoolers, to further the understanding of the crimes that governments have committed against their people. This will allow the students to comprehend the importance of the actions of their own and others governments. We are also working closely with our partner organizations to create an international effort to stop the looted antiquities market and advocate for further restitution legislation in the U.S. Lastly, we have created the "Raoul and Yvonne Meyer International Award for the Preservation of World Culture” (Meyer Award) to award those responsible of saving cultural property and preserving our global history.