The podcast series On the Trail. Stories of Works Plundered during the Nazi Period» shows us the world of research on plundered works of art, the policy of reparation of plunder and the long-term investigations.

The work of art is no longer just an object of contemplation or study, it is the bearer of the history of its owners, of persecuted Jewish families. The object becomes a witness, and when these witnesses – until then silent – begin to speak, it is the voice of the disappeared that we hear. Tracing the route of a painting or archive is to restore the memory of those whom Nazi ideology wanted to destroy. Each episode tells the story of one or more works stolen from Paris, Bordeaux, Vienna or Munich, whose provenance had to be traced and the owners and sometimes the rights holders identified.

Each episode gives the floor to the descendants or representatives of the spoliated, to the researchers of origin, to the museums that conserved the works and to a member of the Mission of research and restitution of the cultural property spoliated between 1933 and 1945 of the Ministry of Culture.

A series of 6 podcasts of 25 minutes each produced by the Ministry of Culture (Mission de recherche et de restitution des biens culturels spoliés entre 1933 et 1945), directed by Léa Veinstein and narrated by Florence Loiret Caille.

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