Nazi plunder

Nazi looting in WWII

Nazi plunder refers to art theft and other items stolen as a result of the organized looting of European countries during the time of the Third Reich by agents acting on behalf of the ruling Nazi Party of Germany. Plundering occurred from 1933 until the end of World War II, particularly by military units known as the Kunstschutz, although most plunder was acquired during the war. In addition to gold, silver and currency, cultural items of great significance were stolen, including paintings, ceramics, books and religious treasures. Although most of these items were recovered by agents of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program (MFAA, also known as the Monuments Men), on behalf of the Allies immediately following the war, many are still missing. There is an international effort underway to identify Nazi plunder that still remains unaccounted for, with the aim of ultimately returning the items to the rightful owners, their families or their respective countries.
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Unser Wien (Our Vienna)

book co-authored by Stephan Templ and Tina Walzer that details how hundreds of Jewish businesses in Vienna were seized by the Nazis and never given back.

author: Stephan Templ, Tina Walzer


A Tragic Fate: Law and Ethics in the Battle Over Nazi-Looted Art

book about organized art theft by Nicolas M. O'Donnell


1. Flight Assets – Looted Assets. The Transfer of Cultural Assets to and through Switzerland from 1933 to 1945, and the Problem of Restitution

book published in German by the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland Second World War, 1 of 8 reports

author: Bergier commission

AAM Guide to Provenance Research

book, resource for tracing ownership history of works of art

author: Nancy Yeide, Konstantin Akinsha


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