By Kenneth D. Alford
Looting has lengthy been well-known as one of many crimes dedicated by means of the 3rd Reich in the course of international battle II, against the law which stripped monetary wealth and creative treasures from the populations the Nazis terrorized. This historic textual content finds the surprising quantity of looting by means of Allied forces, exploring their thievery opposed to the Germans and others. It follows the adventure of the Hungarian Crown Treasure from a muddy oil drum in Austria to citadel Knox and again to Hungary, and discusses various misplaced treasures starting from important paintings works to infrequent manuscripts, together with the earliest recognized printing through the Gutenberg press.
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During World War II, thousands of art treasures were stolen by the Nazis. From these, the Nazi and top industrial leaders formed their private collections. 1 The most important paintings of the Nazi era were those of Lucas Cranach, and Göring dominated the market for Cranach paintings. Thus anyone of importance in the Nazi Party had to own one of Cranach’s paintings. Lucas Cranach (1472–1553) was a German painter, engraver and designer of woodcuts. He was a lifelong friend of Martin Luther and painted the ﬁrst Protestant paintings under Luther’s guidance.
In 1937 the family moved to Albuquerque, and at about the same time Donovan left the National Guard. Martin, his father, did construction contracting, well digging, and house moving. ” During his seven years in college Donovan worked for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York and was a car salesman for the Packard distributorship, both located in Albuquerque. In 1936 Senter obtained a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. While obtaining this degree, he helped with the 1934 restoration of the Old Quarai Spanish Mission.
A man of few words, Mark lost no time in displaying to them four footlockers, which 44 Part II : A Passion for Lucas Cranach Paintings they soon discovered were ﬁlled with obviously stolen loot. The contents of the lockers were not organized, but each contained an assortment of jewelry, diamonds, watches, American currency, gold coins, and other items. Mark advised them that he wanted to be relieved of his cache and forthwith turned it over to Hammond and Shughart for removal to corps headquarters.
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