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Facts & Files conducted archival research on Julio Metal, a banker and investor, who fled due to Nazi persecution to the USA in 1938.

Building at Berlin, Hohenzollernkorso 11, now Manfred-von-Richthofenstrasse, undated
Building at Berlin, Hohenzollernkorso 11, now Manfred-von-Richthofenstrasse, undated, from a photo album published by the Compania comercial y Bancaria S.A. in Barcelona. © Camilla Metal Brinkman

His property was “aryanized” after 1933. Facts & Files was commissioned by the granddaughter of Julio Metal, Camilla Metal Brinkman, to conduct research at Berlin and Viennese archives on the “aryanization” of the properties.

Based on these findings she produced the podcast “Recovering Julio” about the history of her family and Julio Metal.

The podcast “Recovering Julio” was released by Loss and Found Productions LLC .

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Facts & Files is the expert on historical research, provenance research, archive management and History Communication.

We are combining academic expertise with efficiency and due dilligence. Facts & Files has been conducting historical research, provenance research, and archive management since 1999. An introduction to our services and projects can be found on the coming pages. To get in contact, please write or call us!

FEATURED PROJECTS

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Research at German Archives

Facts & Files undertakes the registration of records for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington D.C. within the framework of the “USHMM International Acquisitions Program”.

Exhibition Worldskills

Facts & Files was commissioned by WorldSkills Germany e.V. to conduct research on the history of German participation in International Vocational Training Competitions (IVTC) since 1953.

Estate Carlshagen, Potsdam, around 1930.

Research on the Hagen Family, Berlin/Potsdam

The Hagen Family owned the banking house Hagen & Co. in Berlin, Germany. When the Anti-Jewish laws were enacted the bank house was forced into liquidation by January 1, 1938. The family was forced to sell property, including paintings, books, and other works of art.

Art Collection of the Koch Family

The provenance research project aims to reconstruct the art collection of the Wiesbaden pediatrician Georg Koch and his wife Lotte, née Seeligmann.

Collection Inventory of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Since August 2002, Facts & Files has been working organizing and registering works of art and other artefacts for the permanent exhibition and of the collection.

Lucas Cranach, der Ältere: Portrait eines Mannes, 1522

Art Collection of August, Serena and Erich Lederer

Since February 2020 Facts & Files has been commissioned by Ralf von Jacobs to conduct provenance research on the art collection of August, Serena and Erich Lederer.

»People under Suspicion – The Ministry for State Security of the GDR«

What was the “Stasi”? Where and how did the “Stasi” work? What significance did the “Stasi” have for the East-German dictatorship? This educational film made by Franziska Schlotterer and Facts & Files gives the answers.

Karte von Tsingtau, 1905, Verleger John Bartholomew (Edinburgh).

Objects at East Frisian Museums

The aim of the provenance research project on objects at four East Frisian museums is to reconstruct the colonial contexts of the objects, which have so far mainly been classified as “seafarers’ souvenirs” from China, and to research problematic contexts of appropriation.

Provenance Research on the Art Collection of Richard Semmel

Since 2002, Facts & Files has been conducting research on the art collection of the Berlin factory owner Richard Semmel, who collected Old Dutch masters as well as works by French artists, mostly impressionists paintings.

Research Project on Counterintelligence during the Cold War

commissioned by Professor Michael Wala of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Facts & Files is commissioned to conduct research on intelligence and counterintelligence operations of the Ministry for State Security at the archives of the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security of the former German Democratic Republic.

Expert Report for the University of Cologne

On behalf of the University of Cologne, Facts & Files had prepared a report which looks at the entanglement of the National Socialist regime with the university’s charitable foundations, honorary titles and grants awarded to academics and institutes.

Archival Description of the Minutes of the Berlin Senate

Commissioned by the Berlin State Archives Berlin Facts & Files is describing the files since 2019.

The record group contains the minutes of the Berlin Senate.

Wittenberg, 2020

Municipal Collections of Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Provenance research project on objects from the collection of Julius Riemer, formerly in the collection of the Berlin zoologist and mammalogist Oscar R. Neumann.

Art Collection David Leder, Chemnitz/Berlin

The provenance research project on the collection of David and Lola Leder, Chemnitz/Berlin, began in June 2021. The project aims to reconstruct David Leder’s art collection, research the provenance and whereabouts of artworks from the collection, and identify artworks.

Transcribathon.eu

Transcribathon.eu is a crowdsourcing platform for the enrichment, such as transcription, annotation and geo-referencing of historical documents available through the Europeana Collections Portal.

Building at Berlin, Hohenzollernkorso 11, now Manfred-von-Richthofenstrasse, undated

Research on Julio Metal

Julio Metal was a banker and investor, who lived in Berlin and Vienna. His property was “aryanized” after 1933. He fled to the USA in 1938. His granddaughter produced the podcast “Recovering Julio” about the history of her family and Julio Metal.

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