Cultural plunder by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg – Database of art objects at the Jeu de Paume

‘The Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), the “Special Task Force” headed by Adolf Hitler’s leading ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, was one of the main Nazi agencies engaged in the plunder of cultural valuables in Nazi-occupied countries during the Second World War. A particularly notorious operation by the ERR was the plunder of art from French Jewish and a number of Belgian Jewish collections from 1940 to 1944 that were brought to the Jeu de Paume building in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris for processing by the ERR Sonderstab Bildende Kunst or “Special Staff for Pictorial Art.” This database brings together for the first time in searchable illustrated form the remaining registration cards and photographs produced by the ERR covering more than 20,000 art objects taken from Jews in German-occupied France and, to a lesser extent, in Belgium. Searchable by individual objects and by the owners from whom these objects were taken, the database is a detailed record of a small but important part of the vast seizure of cultural property that was integral to the Holocaust.’

Both basic and advanced search options are available. Additionally, it is possible to browse the material by art owners or by collections. An extensive record is given for each object. For a part of the material a digitized image is available on the website. Zoom options are available. Images can be downloaded in PNG format.

This is a joint project of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with the cooperation of the Bundesarchiv (The German Federal Archives), France Diplomatie: Diplomatic Archive Center of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, The United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the Commission for Art Recovery. This database is part of a larger project on cultural plunder by the ERR.

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Friday, 3 October 2014 - 9:41am
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