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Art thefts

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

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.

Dates: 1930s-1970s

Walter Eberstadt Collection

Identifier: AR 25366

The Walter Eberstadt Collection documents Walter Eberstadt’s efforts to recover art works belonging to his grandparents that were appropriated by the Nazi government. The collection consists of Walter Eberstadt’s correspondence with lawyers, art historians, museum, and government organizations in Holland and Germany. Additional materials include printed materials, invoices, and publications about Jan Toorop’s art.

Dates: 1945-1951, 1998-2007