Art looted by Americans during the World War II.
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Paintings looted by a US soldier returned to a German museum in Pirmasens
A collection of paintings looted from Germany by a US soldier at the end of World War Two are being returned. The 11 oil paintings are on their way back to a museum in the small town of Pirmasens. The link between the paintings and their origins was noticed by Beth McFadden, whose great uncle, US Army Sergeant Harry Gursky, had been stationed near the town. The paintings, worth a total of 156,800 euros ($200,000), are to be housed at their original location, a museum in Pirmasens, which suffered heavy bombing during the war and 40 of its museum's valued paintings were hidden under a local school building.
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Hitler's album of wanted art found at Ohio WWII veteran's home, returning to Germany
John Pistone was among the American soldiers who entered Adolf Hitler's home in the Bavarian Alps during World War II. Making his way through the Berghof he seized an albumfilled with photos of paintings as a souvenir. 64 years after Pistone brought the album - stamped with words "Gemaldegalerie Linz" - home to Ohio, he has learned its significance: It's part of a series compiled for Hitler featuring art he wanted for his "Fuhrermuseum." Pistone's album is expected to be returned to Germany soon. Germany has 19 other albums - discovered at the Berchtesgaden complex - that are part of a 31-album collection of works considered for Fuhrermuseum.
American soldier returns two historical books he looted during World War II
A former American soldier has returned two historic books he took as "souvenirs" during the Second World War. Robert Thomas handed over the two books, both 400 years old, to the German ambassador during a ceremony at the US national archives in Washington. The books were sized from a salt mine in Germany, where they were being kept safe during allied bombing - like many historical or valuable items. He described, as a young GI in Nazi Germany, coming across a chamber "filled with thousands of books, from floor to the ceiling".
Court orders a collector to return $600,000 book, which was looted by U.S. army captain during WWII
A New York court ordered a book collector to return a 16th-century volume valued at $600,000 to a museum in Stuttgart - 6 decades after it was stolen by a U.S. army captain at the end of World War II. The state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, owner of the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie's collection, lodged a claim for the "Augsburger Geschlechterbuch" after being informed by Sotheby's that it had been offered for auction. The book is one of several treasures lost by Stuttgart at the end of the war. The collector, Rod Shene, had purchased the book from a St. Louis dealer for $3,800 in 2001. Sotheby's told him it could fetch as much as $600,000.
Soldier who looted Hitler's Globe from Eagle's Nest puts it on sale (Article no longer available from the original source)
Days after the end of WWII, American soldier John Barsamian entering the Adolf Hitler's stronghold found that Allied bombing had left the "Eagle's Nest" in ruins. Other soldiers had looted the residence, even stripping the leather from furniture. Nearly everything was gone except for the Fuhrer's globe. Now he is putting the nazi relic up for auction, along with all the military paperwork (like a certificate: "1 Global Map, German, Hitler's Eagle Nest") that allowed him to bring it back to the U.S. with other war memorabilia like a pistol and a dagger. Other items up for auction include rare documents signed by Hitler, and a box of Hermann Goering's cigars.
Whose Nuremberg Laws are they: Patton looted violating his own orders (Article no longer available from the original source)
One of the most important documents of the 20th century is in LA, on view for all to visit. How the Nuremberg Laws came to California in the possession of Gen. George S. Patton, who left them to reside first at the Huntington Museum and Library and now at the Skirball, is a story explored in the book, "Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler's Nuremberg Laws From Patton's Trophy to Public Memorial" by Anthony M. Platt and Cecilia E. O'Leary. The Nuremberg Laws consist of 3 directives: (1) The Reich Flag Law made the swastika the national symbol, and prohibited Jews from hoisting the flag. It was signed by Adolf Hitler, Interior Minister Frick and Gen. Werner von Blomberg.
German State Claims a Treasure looted by American officer
A German state of Baden-Württemberg is suing to reclaim a valuable book of 16th-century German drawings (Augsburg Book of Nobles), accusing a deceased American officer Captain John Hewitt Doty of looting the artwork in the closing days of World War II. German institutions have won similar suits before. In 1981, a federal judge ordered a lawyer to return two portraits by Albrecht Durer he had purchased in 1946 from a returning WWII veteran. Nearly two decades ago, a German church sued in Texas to recover a trove of manuscripts and jeweled treasure taken by an American officer.
How Hard Are They Looking To Find Nazi-Looted Art? (Article no longer available from the original source)
U.S. Museum Group defend efforts to find Nazi-Looted Art. In the years after World War II, part of the massive art treasure that Nazi looters stripped from museums and private collections filtered through to the U.S. The question is: How many pieces of that stolen art are still here? Edward H. Able Jr. says: "We can state that the general answer is not many - probably on the order of scores rather than hundreds or thousands in the entire U.S." --- Testimony follows a conference, which found 140,000 objects that "need provenance research," far more than the 18,000 objects posted on the Nazi-Era Provenance website.