America and the Return of Nazi Contraband: The Recovery of Europe's Cultural Treasures

America and the Return of Nazi Contraband: The Recovery of Europe's Cultural Treasures

by Michael J. Kurtz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521849829

ISBN-13: 9780521849821

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the ruins of Hitler's Third Reich, Allied occupiers found millions of paintings, books, manuscripts, and pieces of sculpture hidden in thousands of secret hideaways. This book reveals how the American Military Government in Germany, spearheaded by a few dozen dedicated Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFA&A) officers and enlisted men, coped with restoring

Overview

In the ruins of Hitler's Third Reich, Allied occupiers found millions of paintings, books, manuscripts, and pieces of sculpture hidden in thousands of secret hideaways. This book reveals how the American Military Government in Germany, spearheaded by a few dozen dedicated Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFA&A) officers and enlisted men, coped with restoring Europe's cultural heritage. Caught up in often bitter diplomatic wrangling during and after the war, the American restitution effort struggled to unearth and return what the Nazis had hidden. (Based on the pioneering study of cultural restitution first published in 1985.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521849821
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Crisis and Response: 1. Looting and restitution; 2. Nazi looting: the war against European culture, 1933–45; 3. Preservers and restorers; 4. Wartime frustrations: great power diplomacy; Part II. First Efforts: 5. Restitution imbroglio: the American dilemma in the first six months of occupation; 6. The allies agree on restitution; Part III. America Leads: 7. Cultural restitution in the American zone, 1946–9; 8. A special concern: the Jewish inheritance; Part IV. Cold War and Beyond: 9. Conflict and cooperation: the politics of restitution in the Cold War; 10. Restitution at home: the American scene; 11. Renewed ferment: restitution in the post Cold War era; 12. Past, present, and future: an evaluation.

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