International Research: Nazi-Era Cultural Property

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), the "Special Task Force" headed by Adolf Hitler's leading ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, was one of the main Nazi agencies engaged in the plunder of cultural valuables in Nazi-occupied countries during the Second World War. A particularly notorious operation by the ERR was the plunder of art from French Jewish and a number of Belgian Jewish collections from 1940 to 1944 that were brought to the Jeu de Paume building in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris for processing by the ERR Sonderstab Bildende Kunst or "Special Staff for Pictorial Art."

The Database of Art Objects at the Jeu de Paume is a joint project of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This database brings together for the first time in searchable illustrated form the remaining registration cards and photographs produced by the ERR covering more than 20,000 art objects taken from Jews in German-occupied France and, to a lesser extent, in Belgium. Searchable by individual objects and by the owners from whom these objects were taken, the database is a detailed record of a small but important part of the vast seizure of cultural property that was integral to the Holocaust.

Cultural Plunder by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg


Cultural Plunder by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg

Database of Art Objects at the Jeu de Paume

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