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Long shadow of the Nazi art plunderers - The scale of the Nazi's plunder was unprecedented. By 1945, they had seized or coerced the sale of one-fifth of the world's Western art.

France publishes catalogue of looted Nazi art - The French foreign ministry has published a catalogue of world-famous artworks -- including paintings by Rubens, Velazquez and Bruegel -- that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II and ended up in a special museum set up by Adolf Hitler.

Stolen Nazi Art Listed on Internet - Germany is to publish a list of several thousand works of art plundered from museums and Nazi victims across Europe in an effort to reunite them with their rightful owners more than half a century later.

Internet Efforts Sprout for Stolen Nazi Art - The MFA and other U.S. museums are following through on a promise they made in June 1998 to check their collections to find out if they own any of an estimated 600,000 artworks that the Nazis looted.

Nazi Art Theft, Part One - While researching Frans Hals' Portrait of Tieleman Roosterman, I discovered an interesting gap in the painting's provenance (which is a fancy art history term for "record of ownership").

Nazi Art Theft, Part One (continued) - name of an online exhibition of Nazi art looting. Its specific focus is on the Alt Aussee treasure horde and the entire Linz Museum Project.

Art As Evidence: The Nazi's Cultural War - As the fanaticism for art escalated, it became a symbol of status amid the Nazi regime.

Rothschild sells art - The sale in July will be the culmination of a saga that started in 1938 with the Nazis seizing the Rothschild art treasures. The collection, belonging to the wealthy Barons Louis and Alphons von Rothschild, was looted by the SS on 12-13 March 1938, within 24 hours of the Anschluss, Hitler's annexation of Austria.

Looted Art- Holocaust Era Assets - During WWII, the Nazis looted art from the occupied Netherland and transferred the booty to Germany. Although the Dutch government in exile in London took measures that enabled many confiscated art objects to be returned to their rightful owners, the ongoing problems related to the issue have led the Netherlands to launch new initiatives: the Origins Unknown Project which will investigate the orgins of art objects returned from Germany and in the custody of the Dutch State; the Museums Acquisitions Project, a museum-led project, which will investigate art object acquisitions during and after WWII.

Web site seeks owners of Nazi-looted art - BERLIN (JTA) -- Hoping to return art seized during the Nazi era to its rightful owners, the German government this week launched an online catalog of unclaimed items.At the heart of the Internet site -- www.lostart.de -- are 2,242 items that have remained unclaimed since the 1940s.

Linz: Hitler's Museum and Library - The reports on Hitler’s museum for Linz and Hermann Goering’s art collection that are reproduced on this website were drafted by art experts within the Office of Strategic Services (OSS); specifically, the members of the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) who researched the Nazis' plundering of cultural property in Europe. The OSS operated as the principal U.S. intelligence organization during World War II. The art experts' research took place mainly in 1945 and 1946 and involved interviews with most of the functionaries who implemented the Nazis' policies, as well as a review of thousands of captured documents.

Sotheby's takes work tied to Nazis off block - Sotheby's, the venerable auction house, took the extraordinary step yesterday of removing from a London art auction next week a valuable painting by a 17th-century Dutch master, after acknowledging that the Nazis may have plundered it in 1941. The action was taken after The Boston Globe made inquiries last week into the past ownership of the painting, which appears to have been acquired in 1941 by Nazis for Hitler's proposed museum in Linz, Austria. This museum, which was not built, was to have showcased art plundered from European Jews or bought in occupied countries.

Family says art will be returned if it was stolen - The German family who asked Sotheby's to withdraw a 17th century Dutch master painting from auction next week over concerns the Nazis plundered it during World War II pledged yesterday to conduct an exhaustive search for the potential victim and return the work if it proves to have been stolen. If the work turns out to have been looted by the Nazis, who apparently acquired it in 1941, the family said it would be donated to a national museum or gallery if the victim's descendants cannot be found.

THE ART NEWSPAPER - Looted Art - The Art Newspaper has also published a complete list of names of the dealers, museum curators, collectors and Nazi officials involved in trading art in occupied Europe, as reported to the US government in 1946 by the Office of Strategic Services. It has never been published anywhere but in The Art Newspaper.

Holocaust conference ends with global agreement on returning Nazi-looted art - Valuable artwork confiscated from Jews by Nazis could be returned to prewar owners or their heirs or sold to benefit Holocaust survivors under new guidelines endorsed by 44 countries.

No Looted Art in Hitler's Museum in Linz - In the heart of Saxony there lives a lady of advanced age with some amazing stories to tell. This woman, who is still very alert mentally, is probably the last living person to have worked on the Special Assignment Linz (Sonderauftrag Linz), which set up an art collection at Adolf Hitler's behest for the Austrian city of the same name.

Germany uses Internet to reclaim looted art - Artworks stolen or confiscated by the Nazis may find their way to their rightful owners with the help of the Internet. Yesterday, Germany's culture minister, Michael Naumann unveiled a new website aimed at making the detection of potentially looted artworks much easier.

“The Jewish people should be heirs to heirless art” says Knesset member - At an international conference held in Lithuania, Christie’s announced that it has helped raise $500,000 for opening up Nazi documentation which is in Russian archives, while Sotheby’s is to assist the Council of Europe in setting up a central website on looted art. These moves reflect the auctioneers’ growing concerns over the problem of war loot.

HITLER'S PRIVATE ART COLLECTION WAS LEGAL?- During the Second World War Hitler set up a private museum in Linz and had it stocked with treasures. The last surviving member of the team that acquired the art says that it was all obtained legally and none of it was stolen.

Frick Art Reference Library: Resources: Finding Aids - Sources for World War II Era Provenance Research at the Frick Art Reference Library

GOVERNOR PATAKI ANNOUNCES HOLOCAUST ERA ART SETTLEMENT - overnor George E. Pataki today announced a major Holocaust-era art settlement by the Holocaust Claims Processing Office (HCPO) of the New York State Banking Department. "The Seamstress," painted by famed German artist Lesser Ury and subjected to a forced-sale by the Nazis in 1940, will be returned to its rightful owner, Michael Loewenthal of New Jersey. The settlement completes protracted negotiations with officials of Linz, Austria, who purchased the painting from a dealer in 1956. The painting was linked to "tainted art" obtained by Nazi officials through forced-sales from Jewish residents.


 

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