Hitler’s ‘mail order’ art looting on display at Brit national archives headquarters

November 14th, 2007 - 8:17 am ICT by admin  
The two albums, according to The Guardian, contain pictures of art treasures stolen from dealers in Paris after the invasion of France in 1940 and sent to Hitler and Hermann Goering to help them make selections for their personal collections.

“In their leisure time, they flipped through them like mail order catalogues,” claims Robert Edsel, who helped rescue the books and donated them to the national archives.

Historian Allen Weinstein, has hailed the albums as “one of the most significant finds related to Hitler’s premeditated theft of art and other cultural treasures to be found since the Nuremberg trials”.

“Documents such as these may play a role in helping to solve some mysteries and, more importantly, helping victims recover their treasures,” he added.

Edsel, who retired early from the oil industry to devote himself to the hunt for the missing artworks, said most of the paintings in the recovered albums, including works by Boucher and Robert, had been found in the immediate aftermath of the war. He had still to determine how many of the artefacts in the two albums were still missing.

Hitler had planned to establish the world’s greatest exhibition, the F

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