Birgit Kirchmayr

Historian, associate professor in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of the University of Linz; since 2020 member of the Austrian Art Restitution Advisory Board and senior adviser of the Commission for Provenance Research at the Federal Ministry of Culture, Public Service and Sport; 2001–07 collaboration in Geraubte Kunst in Oberdonau (Looted Art in Upper Danube) research project; until 2013 freelance provenance research at the Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum (Upper Austria Provincial Museum); exhibition curator (incl. Kulturhauptstadt des Führers (Führer's Capital of Culture), Schlossmuseum Linz 2008/09; Aphrodite: Eine Bestandsaufnahme (Aphrodite: An Inventory), Stadtmuseum NORDICO Linz 2018); 2017 habilitation with a monograph on artist (auto)biography in the context of Austrian politics and society in the early twentieth century.

The future jurist and art collector Walther Kastner was born in Gmunden in 1902 and grew up and attended school in Linz.

Kremsmünster Benedictine Abbey in Upper Austria, founded in 777, was seized by order of the Gestapo in 1941 and placed under the administration of Reichsgau Oberdonau (Upper Danube).

Kunstmuseum Linz is not a real museum but a project as part of the Nazi art policy. It is also known as the Linzer Führermuseum, Führermuseum, Gemäldegalerie Linz or—with reference to the underlying project—Sonderauftrag Linz.

The history of the Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century. In 1833, Reichsritter Anton von Spaun founded the "Verein des vaterländischen Museums für Österreich ob der Enns mit Inbegriff des Herzogthums Salzburg".

Hans Posse was a German art historian appointed by Hitler in June 1939 as his "special representative for Linz".

Hermann Voss studied art history, music history and history in Heidelberg. Following his doctorate in 1906, he lived in Italy and in 1908 began an internship at the Königlich Preußische Kunstsammlungen zu Berlin with Wilhelm Bode.