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James Surkamp Papers

Identifier: RG 1136

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of copies of documents from various archives, including: the National Archives and Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; National Records Center in Suitland, Maryland; archives in Germany, France, Holland, Israel. There are also copies of articles from books and periodicals. Reports on art plunder, during and after World War II, in various countries including Poland, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Scandinavian countries, Portugal. Materials relating to private art collections of Nazi government officials such as that of Hermann Goring. Materials on jewelery and coins, including the Crown of St. Stephen (a national symbol of Hungary) and the crown treasures of the Holy Roman Empire. Reports of the office of the U.S. Chief of Counsel for War Crimes. U.S. Army reports on art treasures. Lists of paintings in private collections in various countries. Shelf list of records of the State Department Consulate on Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives. Report on the Art Looting Investigation Unit. Newspaper articles on stolen art and the role of the S.S. in art thefts.


  • Creation: 1930s-1970s


Biographical / Historical

Writer, collector. Collected source materials relating to the theft, destruction, and plunder of art by Nazis during World War II.


4.5 Linear Feet (4 5"ltr, 5 5"lgl)

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Legacy Finding Aid

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Repository Details

Part of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Repository

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