“Goering Hoards Nudes, Jingles Emeralds in Catalog of Looted Art“, quotes Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering as having said: “During a war everybody loots a little bit“. The May 28, 1945 Time Magazine article “Art: Goring’s Beauties“, valued Goering’s collection of Nazi-looted art at $200,000,000.
Here is a June 9, 1945 photograph of part of that art collection recovered from Goering, as it was being cataloged and temporarily stored near Berchtesgaden in the German Bavarian Alps:
Photo: National Archives and Records Administration
Since more than 20% of Europe’s art is believed to have been looted by the Nazis, it is no surprise that Holocaust-era art restitution cases continue to this day. Articles I have written about these cases include:
*Searching For Nazi-Looted Art
*Mr. Curt Valentin’s Nazi-Looted Art
*Holocaust-Era Art Restitution Revisited
*Laundering Holocaust-Era Loot?
*Asset Search News Roundup: June 25, 2009
Copyright 2009 Fred L. Abrams