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Otto Wittmann collection of papers relating to the Art Looting Investigation unit of the U.S. War Department's Office of Strategic Services, 1945-1946.

Wittmann, Otto, 1911-2001.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (910130 )()

  • Title:
    Otto Wittmann collection of papers relating to the Art Looting Investigation unit of the U.S. War Department's Office of Strategic Services, 1945-1946.
  • Author/Creator: Wittmann, Otto, 1911-2001.
  • Creation Date: 1945-1946.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Director of the Toledo (Ohio) Museum of Art during World War II, Otto Wittmann served as a member of the Art Looting Investigation unit of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), within the U.S. War Department. The Art Looting Investigation unit was authorized as a project of the OSS, November 21, 1944, to investigate the confiscation of art works by the Nazis during World War II and assist in their repatriation.
  • Physical Desc.: .83 lin. ft. (2 boxes) + ADD (6 boxes).
  • Summary: Collection contains 33 reports, memos, transcriptions issued by or collected by the Art Looting Investigation unit of the OSS, 1945-1946. Most of the material consists of reports generated by the unit: Detailed Interrogation Reports of German personnel involved in the theft and sale of confiscated art; a detailed report of the activity of the Einsatzstab Rosenberg in France, responsible for confiscating Jewish-owned collections in France. According to the report this was the "most elaborate and extensive art looting operation undertaken by the Germans in World War II." Other reports include one on the amassing of the Hermann Göring art collection and another on the Hitler Museum and Library. A Final Report by the unit provides a summary of the field operations 1945-1946 and includes an extensive list of names, with biographical information, of people involved in the confiscation or sale of art. Also included in the collection are lists of dealers involved in the confiscation, sale, or repatriation of art. A few papers are English transcriptions of Nazi reports and memos. Some reports have annotations. Most are marked confidential.
  • Language: English
    German
  • Additional Formats: Part of the collection (boxes 2-3) also available in photocopy (box 1).
  • Notes: Gift of Otto Wittmann.
  • Subjects: Göring, Hermann, 1893-1946 -- Art collections Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Art collections Art thefts -- France Art thefts -- Germany Art treasures in war -- Europe World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 Germany -- History -- 1933-1945
  • Collection: Conservation collection (Getty Research Institute)
  • ID/Accession Number: 95-A29
    910130
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers. Unprocessed portion of collection closed.
  • OCLC Record Number: 78702080

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