World War II

“WWII Artifact Returns Home to Japan”

“WWII Artifact Returns Home to Japan”

via “KHON2″

“After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home to Japan.

At the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, the special shipment is underway.

Crews from Chicago, New Jersey, and as far away as Japan, are making sure an 11-foot, 1,600-pound replica of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru doesn’t get damaged.

The Japanese built the model 79 . . . .”


“3,200-Year-Old Gold Artifact Transferred From L.I. Estate To German Museum”

Remember the post from back on Oct. 18? Well here is the result of that lawsuit. . . . 

“3,200-Year-Old Gold Artifact Transferred From L.I. Estate To German Museum”

Via “CBS New York”

“A 3,200-year-old Ishtar Temple gold artifact has been returned to a German museum that lost it during World War II.

The Assyrian gold tablet is a little more than an inch long.

As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported Wednesday, some say it’s worth more than $10 million. Others say the artifact is priceless . . . ”


“Research Looted Art Oranjes”

“Research Looted Art Oranjes”

by Audrey Graanoogst via “NL Times”

“The Royal House is investigating whether there is looted art in the art collection of the royal family. An expert will study the origin of the collection, belonging to the Royal Collections since 1933.  An independent expert with specific experience in this area will perform the research, announced the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD). . . .”


“‘Monuments Men’ Film, About Nazi-Looted Art, Now Headed to Berlin”

“‘Monuments Men’ Film, About Nazi-Looted Art, Now Headed to Berlin”

by Deborah Vankin via “LA Times

“The Berlin Film Festival announced Friday that “The Monuments Men,” George Clooney’s upcoming World War II movie about the search for and recovery of Nazi-looted art, has been added to its lineup. The announcement comes shortly after the revelation that more than 1,400 artworks – by Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and others — were found in a Munich, Germany, apartment and are believed to include looted items as well as art the Nazis called “degenerate” that was removed from German museums. “

Kind of curious to see if the film is anything like the real history. The work that the real Monuments Men did was amazing enough, it hardly needs embellished.  Wonder what the reception in Germany will be like considering the recent Munich Art Discovery.  


Lost Art Internet Database

With the seemingly constant discovery of new artwork looted by the Nazis and lost to time, it is important for the original owners to keep their eyes out for their pieces.  As such, the German government, via the Koordinierungsstelle Magdeburg – Germany’s main office for recording lost/stolen cultural resources, has just set up a new website to record these losses. (And can I just say I love a language that has 20 letters in a word). The Lost Art Internet Database was set up to carefully record/photograph/register all the pieces of cultural property that were looted during WWII.

The are two parts to the database: the “Search Requests” and the “Found-Objects Report.”  The Search Requests is a place where “public institutions or private individuals or institutions” who lost their cultural property because of the “National Socialist rule” or WWII can post a search request on the website. The website will publish this as a world-wide request that people keep an eye out for your property.  The Found-Objects Report is where cultural art/artifacts are listed when it is verified (or where the lack of knowledge about their history suggests) that they are stolen property.  You can go here and skim through the lists to see if your art/cultural piece is on the list.  

Apparently the website was so popular, it’s actually crashed a couple of times due to the vast numbers trying to get on. (1) Do you remember the cultural pieces discovered in Munich recently? Well that’s what triggered the new interest in the site, as the government is posting photos and details of the works in hopes that people who recognize and claim them.  As of the 11th, 25 paintings were listed, and as many as 590 more could be added from that collection over time. Apparently the US State Department (why them, I’m not sure) is urging Germany to “publish the list of works, eliminate the country’s 30-year statute of limitations on stolen art and establish a formal claims process for victims to recover their works.” (2) At least the first part is done; now we’ll see what happens to the second half of that request.  Germany has said that it will arrange a task force with “at least six researchers specializing in [sic] tracing the ownership of artworks.” (3)  Hopefully, careful organization will ensure that these works find their way into the right hands.

Please note that it seems that the website has undergone quite a bit of change recently. A lot of stuff that used to be there isn’t anymore (they might be re-adding it over time). If you are interested, you can plug in the URL to the WayBack Machine” and find earlier versions of the site. Note-worthy is the lack of “Publications” on the new site, as well as a more complex layout. Luckily, there’s been an English version of the site for a while!  So if you are interested in more than the recent publication of the Munich items, then the older version might be worth checking out.

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