The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, October 24, 2014


One of 39 "Hitler albums" of looted Nazi art given to the National Archives in Washington
National Archives senior conservator Morgan Zinsmeister arranges the last known leather-bound “Hitler Album” to display for a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the “Hitler Album” of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad.
WASHINGTON (AFP).- A photo album depicting troves of precious art works looted by the Nazis during World War II was donated Thursday to the National Archives, America's repository of historical artifacts.

The album is one of 39 "Hitler albums" -- essentially a catalogue of art confiscated by troops operating under orders from Der Fuerher.

The book contains photos of looted paintings and other cultural artifacts swiped from France.

The album was given to the National Archives at a ceremony that fell on the anniversary of the war's end in Europe.

The event was attended by Harry Ettlinger, 88, one of six surviving soldiers from a US army unit tasked with recovering thousands of art works confiscated by the Nazis.

The album showed page after page of black and white photographs, images, in this case, of artwork stolen from France. The leatherbound book was recovered from one of Hitler's homes.

The album was donated to the National Archives by the "Monuments Men" Foundation, whose mission is to disseminate the story about the lost works of art and the Allied soldiers who helped recover them.

The story of the military's art recovery units was popularized in the movie "The Monuments Men," written by and starring George Clooney. The film opened across US movie screens in February.

The photo albums served as important evidence of Nazi crimes, and were used at war trials to show the extent of pillaging and looting carried out by the Nazis during the war.


© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse





Today's News

May 9, 2014

One of 39 "Hitler albums" of looted Nazi art given to the National Archives in Washington

Sotheby's Modern and Contemporary Art sale in Milan to feature important works by Lucio Fontana

United States government to return ancient statue "Duryodhana bondissant" to Cambodia

Bern Museum of Fine Arts to inspect inherited Nazi-era art hoard owned by Cornelius Gurlitt

Skarstedt opens Chelsea gallery adding to its two existing locations in New York and London

Oxford University scientists: Shrinking helped dinosaurs and birds to keep evolving

For third consecutive year, Frieze New York returns to Randall's Island Park, Manhattan

"Cage and Kaino: Pieces and Performances" opens at the World Chess Hall of Fame

Canal Zone: Gagosian exhibits several of Richard Prince's transformative works

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston opens "Jesús Rafael Soto: The Houston Penetrable"

Steve McQueen's 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 takes center stage at RM's flagship Monterey sale

Marlborough Fine Art London appoints Alexander Platon to lead on the Secondary Market

"The other side of the medal: How Germany saw the First World War" opens at the British Museum

Rare slot machine pays $90K jackpot at Morphy's Advertising & Coin Op Auction

Nationalmuseum in Sweden acquires a crayon study by Georges Seurat

Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong opens solo exhibition of work by Lam Tung-Pang

Six new intricate paintings by Ben Johnson on view at the Alan Cristea Gallery

Bonhams presents historic WWII artifacts to honor 70th anniversary of D-Day

Two pairs of Lalanne armchairs bring $478,000 in 20th & 21st Century Design Auction at Heritage

Art Libraries Society of North America awards prize to Josef Albers app for iPad

Exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery explores appropriation in contemporary photography

From pistons to Picasso: A new Brussels art house

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site