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A Survey of the Dispersed Archives of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR)


Patricia Kennedy Grimsted


February 2012


 Der Einsatzstab in den besetzten Gebieten                                                                                            
One of the main Nazi agencies engaged in looting cultural valuables in Nazi-occupied countries during the Second World War was the 'Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg' (ERR), a special operational task force headed by Adolf Hitler's leading ideologue Alfred Rosenberg. In this extensive international survey Patricia Kennedy Grimsted describes the archival remains of the ERR in 29 repositories in 9 countries - from Washington and Brussels to Moscow and Kyiv. The detail with which the ERR documented the art, archives, books, and other Judaica it plundered has proved essential for the recovery of cultural valuables after the war and their return to victims or heirs.

The survey serves as a preliminary guide to documents generated by the ERR as well as records by postwar agencies seeking to return the ERR loot. Links are provided to many dispersed materials now available on the Internet with additional digital contributions to be expected soon. The survey provides easy access to a major component of the record of wartime cultural plunder and retrieval. See here for an overview of the repositories covered.

Published as IISH Research Paper 47. View/ download the entire document (PDF, 2Mb).
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1. Belgium

2. France

3. Germany

4. Lithuania

5. The Netherlands

6. The Russian Federation

7. Ukraine

8. The United Kingdom

9. The United States of America

Published by the International Institute of Social History, in association with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, with generous support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference).

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