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Reference: FO 1046/763/3
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Letter from the MFA and A branch of the Control Commission for Germany in London to several bodies, including SHAEF, the OSS, the Macmillan Committee, the Roberts Commission and the Property Control branch of the Finance Division, enclosing Part I of the Schenker Papers, compiled by the MFA and A branch from a study of the papers found in the Paris office of the 'international transports' firm of Schenker, dated April 1945. Provides information and evidence of the purchases made in France on behalf of German museums and galleries during the German occupation. It 'shows a striking geographical unevenness' with the museums of the Rhine province representing by far the biggest buyers, as in the case of the Krefeld Museum which spent 11,253,000 francs or the Essen Museum, with 6,895,550 francs. 'This predominance of the Rhineland is not surprising, since it is known from the Bunjes papers that a Rhineland gang, consisting of Apffelstaedt and Bammmann [sic] of Duesseldorf and Rademacher of Bonn was particularly active in taking advantage of the favourable currency situation to acquire works of art in France.' Lists 20 cities and their main museums with detailed information on the pictures acquired between 1939 and 1945, their prices, the dealers and the dates of the transaction. Among the identifiable pictures acquired by the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn were Heem's 'Still life' and Craesbeeck's 'Portrait'; by the Stadtische Kunstsammlungen in Duesseldorf, Watteau, Chardin, Courbet the Fontainbleau School and Fragonard; by the Folkwang Museum Essen, Corot, Delacroix and Gericault; by the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum Berlin, Gobelin tapestries, Boudin, Courbet, Delacroix and Monet; and by the Staedtisches Museum fuer Kunst und Kunstgewerbe in Wuppertal Ingres and Delacroix. Also includes an alphabetical index of Paris art dealers and individuals who sold works of art to German museums, with their addresses.

Report by the MFA and A branch of the Control Commission for Germany on the organisation of the Einsatzstab Rosenberg [ERR], dated March 1945. Provides a detailed list of ERR personnel divided according to their location among the headquarters of the Amt Rosenberg in Berlin, the Western Office of the ERR in France, Belgium and Holland and the Eastern Office [see also WO 220/611].

Extract of Appendix A to Civil Affairs Weekly Summary No 39 at SHAEF providing a summary of a report on 'German methods of looting works of art in occupied territory' compiled by the MFA and A branch, undated. Divided into three sections according to the nature of looting activities: 'acts of State', 'State-supported acts' and 'acts of spite' [see WO 220/611].

Extract from News Digest No 1706 dated 13 March 1945 on the 'watch of stolen art treasures' in Sweden referring to the Swedish desire to give a promise similar to 'the Swiss agreement with the Western Powers that objects of art stolen by the Germans and smuggled into Switzerland are restorable to their rightful owners'.

Date: 1944 - 1945
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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