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History Vault: Nazi Looted Art and Assets, Module 47

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Nazi Looted Art and Assets: Records on the Post-World War II Restitution Process  (Module 47) 

This module focuses on the diplomatic, legal and political maneuvering during and after World War II regarding German art looting in Europe, recovery of cultural objects dispersed during World War II, efforts by the U.S. and other Allied Powers to prevent the secreting of Axis assets, claims from victims for financial or property restitution from the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), other claims cases, and meeting minutes and background materials regarding the Tripartite Commission for the Restitution of Monetary Gold.  On the topic of looted art, the documents primarily relate to negotiations and litigation for return of items to legitimate owners. Many missing art treasures surfaced in the U.S., usually when individuals attempted to sell items. Notable cases included paintings by Albrecht Durer, rare postage stamps, gold medals, and historic coins.

  • Art Looting and Nazi Germany: Records of the Fine Arts and Monuments Adviser, Ardelia Hall, 1945—1961, Part 1: Country Files for Austria, Italy, and Germany
  • Art Looting and Nazi Germany: Records of the Fine Arts and Monuments Adviser, Ardelia Hall, 1945—1961, Part 2: Subject Files
  • Records of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Educational, Cultural, and Public Affairs, Part 1: Records on the Deposition of German Assets
  • Records of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Educational, Cultural, and Public Affairs, Part 2: Records Relating to the Return of Looted Art Work
  • Records of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Educational, Cultural, and Public Affairs, Part 3: Records Relating to the Compensation and Reparations for Nazi Victims
  • Records of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Educational, Cultural, and Public Affairs, Part 4: Records Relating to the Tripartite Commission
  • Records of the Tripartite Commission for the Restitution of Monetary Gold, 1946-1998, Part 1: Meetings Files and Background Documents Safehaven Program: Files of the FBI

Module Highlights

2nd Circuit, Tintoretto painting case
Danzig Songbook
Book of Hours
Compensation and reparations for Nazi victims: new German claims