Rose Valland was the perfect spy. Her innocence was the best camouflage. When the Germans occupied Paris and the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) moved into his bag-shop in the building of Jeu de Paume, she was already there. The art historian had previously worked for French museums and was familiar with the public and private […]
At the workshop „Protection of historical cultural values in wartime – Second World War to Syria“ I recently met Isber Sabrine (Chair of „Heritage for Peace“), Prof. Paul Harris (Auburn University, Alabama), PD. Dr. Uwe Hunger (FoKos Siegen) und Sascha Krannich (Uni Münster). A fascinating workshop with many interesting conversations – a lot of inspirations and thought I […]
More than 300 Monuments Men took care of the European cultural heritage during and after World War II. One of these art guards was Lamont Moore, who also worked in the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point for a short time – he decided which artworks were brought to America at that time.
Interview with Marilyne Mingou, expert in the Rule of Law in wartime (Belgium) During World War II a military art protection organization, the Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives section was founded to protect European cultural heritage from the destruction or looting caused by war, the so called „Monuments Men“. After the war their ideas and […]
Another art theft story has been implemented in a Hollywood movie. „Woman in Gold“ deals with the case of restitution to the painting „Adele Bloch-Bauer“ by Gustav Klimt, who for many years was seen as a valuable Austrian Cultural Property in Vienna’s Belvedere. In the film embodies Helen Mirren US-citizen Maria Altmann, niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, who […]
Panta rei – everything flows. Not least when dealing with history, one realizes how much everything is in flux and is changing continuously. Also, our view of history, our perception and judgement of temporal processes in the past, is changing with time. Therefore, Dr. Bernd von Droste-Hulshoff (UNESCO Paris) characterizes the main task of the cultural […]
The most of what we know today about the Monuments Men comes from their own biographies as well as from the source material from the American archives. Although they were certainly very present in the German museums during the occupation, they were not worth mentioning.for the contemporary German press. When the press was still under […]
When we talk about protection of cultural property these days, we usually see it in a global perspective. Cultural heritage – tangible or intangible – is worthy of protection as the heritage of all humanity, regardless of who it belongs to. But how did they see it at the end of the Second World War?