Cover Osteuropa English Articles/2015

In Web Special

Perpetrators, victims, and art
The National Socialists' campaign of pillage

Regine Dehnel

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Between 1933 and 1945, privately and publicly owned works of art, books, and archives were extorted, "aryanized", "secured", and stolen, first in Germany, then throughout Europe. Special offices and organizations were involved and the victims of these campaigns of pillage were political opponents: union officials, socialists, freemasons, and priests. The Jewish population was hit especially hard. With the attack on Poland and the invasion of the Soviet Union, the peoples of eastern Europe, categorized as "racially inferior", were plundered. The National Socialist campaigns of pillage for cultural assets are not just a subject of historical research. They continue to hinder the search for mutual understanding within Europe to this day.

(Web Special, pp. 1–14)

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