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April 7, 2011

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The International Institute of Social History launches unique online survey of the record of wartime cultural plunder and retrieval

Reconstructing the Cultural Record of Nazi Plunder: A Survey of the Archives of the Dispersed Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR)
by Patricia Kennedy Grimsted

One of the main organizations involved in Nazi looting of cultural property in occupied Europe during World War II was the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), a special operational taskforce headed by leading Nazi party ideologue Alfred Rosenberg. Patricia Kennedy Grimsted describes in this comprehensive overview the archiveal remains of the ERR, as found in 29 repositories in nine countries - from Washington and Brussels to Moscow and Kiev. The detail with which the ERR documented the art, archives, books, and other Judaica it plundered has proved essential for the recovery of cultural valuables after the war and their return to victims or heirs.

This Survey is the first guide that offers a comprehensive overview of documents generated by the ERR as well as records by postwar agencies seeking to return the ERR loot. The publication contains numerous links to the growing number of online information available on the ERR.

The publication was realized by the International Institute of Social History, in cooperation with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, with generous support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference).
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