Anita Gach


The Federal Criminal Police Office Vienna is the center of the national as well as international search for stolen cultural property. As Interpol’s central bureau the Federal Criminal Police Office Vienna is permanently dealing with international inquiries concerning missing resp. stolen cultural goods. Nonetheless, in Austria cultural assets and archaeological goods from various countries show up on the country’s illicit antiquities market on a regular basis. This includes e.g. sacral sculptures from the Czech Republic, coins and archaeological finds from Turkey and Bulgaria etc. By presenting some case studies an overview on the problem of cultural property crimes will be delivered.