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World War II history — books and videos

  • Akinsha, Konstantin and Kozlov, Grigorii, with Sylvia Hochfield. Beautiful Loot: The Soviet Plunder of Europe’s Art Treasures. New York: Random House, 1995.
  • Barron, Stephanie. “Degenerate Art”: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany, edited by Stephanie Barron. New York: Harry Abrams, 1991.
  • Cohen, Peter. The Architecture of Doom (video). First Run Features, 1991.
  • Edsel, Robert. Rescuing Da Vinci. Dallas: Laurel Publishing. 2006.
  • Feliciano, Hector. The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World’s Greatest Works of Art. New York: Basic Books, 1997.
  • Flanner, Janet. Men and Monuments. New York: Harper, 1957.
  • Frankenheimer, John and Penn, Arthur. The Train (video). MGM, 1965.
  • Grubin, David. Degenerate Art (video). PBS Home Video, 1993.
  • Harclerode, Peter and Pittaway, Brendan. The Lost Masters: World War II and the Looting of Europe’s Treasurehouses. New York: Welcome Rain Publishers, 1999.
  • Nicholas, Lynn H. The Rape of Europa. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.
  • Petropoulos, Jonathan. Art as Politics in the Third Reich. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
  • Petropoulos, Jonathan. The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Simon, Matila. The Battle of the Louvre: The Struggle to Save French Art in World War II. New York: Hawthorne, 1971.
  • Simpson, Elizabeth, ed. The Spoils of War: World War II and Its Aftermath: The Loss, Reappearance, and Recovery of Cultural Property. New York: Harry Abrams, 1997.


  • Adams, E.E. “Looted Art Treasures Go Back to France.” The Quartermaster Review, September—October, 1946.
  • Fasola, Cesare. The Florentine Galleries and the War. Florence: Monsalvato, 1945.
  • Hartt, Frederick. Florentine Treasures Under Fire. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1949.
  • Howe, Thomas C. Salt Mines and Castles. New York: Bobbs Merrill, 1946.
  • Kirstein, Lincoln. “In Quest of the Golden Lamb,” Town and Country, September 1945.
  • LaFarge, Bancel. Lost Treasures of Europe. New York: Pantheon, 1946.
  • Plaut, James S. “Loot for the Master Race.” Atlantic Monthly, September 1946.
  • Rorimer, James J. Survival. New York: Abelard, 1950.
  • Smyth, Craig Hugh. Repatriation of Art from the Collecting Point in Munich after World War II. Maarssen, The Hague: Gary Schwartz/SCU Publishers, 1988.
  • Valland, Rose. Le Front d’Art. Paris: Plon, 1961.

Research Resources

  • Bradsher, Greg. Holocaust-Era Assets: A Finding Aid to Records at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1999.
  • Yeide, Nancy H., Akinsha, Konstantin, and Walsh, Amy L. AAM Guide to Provenance Research. Washington DC: American Association of Museums, 2001.
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