Essay film in production

A spoon, a ceremonial staff, a stamp, a lock of hair, a human skull.
Christian Riemenschneider probes such objects and tries to determine if they were illegally expropriated and given to Museums during German National Socialism and colonial times. The film DBTF. ORIGINS explores their fragmented stories and gives insights into investigative methods and restitution work of provenance research in South Lower Saxony.


start of shooting: September 2021

completion: May 2022

in cooperation with: Landschaftsverband Südniedersachsen e.V.

and the museums of Einbeck, Uslar, Osterode and Alfeld

Funded by: German LostArt Foundation