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The Safekeepers: A Memoir of the Arts at the End of World War II

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"The former U.S. Army captain Walter I. Farmer was stationed with the American Forces in Germany after World War II. In 1945, he worked hard to protect important European and German cultural heritage artifacts, such as paintings and sculptures, from being transported to the United States. Together with other officers of the U.S. Army, who took on this task, Farmer wrote the Wiesbaden Manifesto which resulted in the artefacts remaining in Germany and they can still be seen in German museums today. In 1996, Farmer was awarded the "Grosse Bundesverdienstkreuz" for his outstanding work." "Besides being a personal account, this autobiography presents an important document of present-day history. It is completed by an extensive list of documents and archive material."--BOOK JACKET.
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Farmer was a staff member of the US Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives unit of the US Army, and was stationed in German after World War II. He and fellow officers wrote the Wiesbaden Manifesto and took other measures to keep German cultural heritage artifacts such as paintings and sculptures from being transported to the US. His account has been revised by Goldman, with the Prehistory and Early History Museum in Berlin). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations IX
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 My Castle 5
Chapter 2 Honest Duty 17
Chapter 3 Museum Man 27
Beginning in Wiesbaden 27
The Regierungsbezirk 36
Assistance to Artists 40
Ready! 43
20 August 1945 46
Chapter 4 Westward Ho, Watteau! 55
Chapter 5 Fine Arts and Archives 83
Chapter 6 The Search for Missing Treasures 103
Walter Ings Farmer, Time Line 119
Map 120
Appendix I
The Roberts Commission 123
Appendix II
IIa Wiesbaden Manifesto November 7, 1945 147
IIb Wiesbaden Collecting Point: List of Contents 1946 153
IIc Receipt of Custody: List of German-Owned Works of Art (The "202") 172
IId List of Paintings from the Kaiser Friedrich Museum: The "202" 180
Appendix III
IIIa Miscellaneous Papers 197
IIIb Nefertiti 208
Appendix IV
The Obligations of Victory: Walter Farmer and the Wiesbaden
Manifesto 217
Appendix V
Photo Documentation 223
Index 239
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