The Central Collecting Point in Munich: A New Beginning for the Restitution and Protection of Art
Translated by Fiona Elliott Introduction by James J. Sheehan
At the end of World War II, the US Office of Military Government for Germany and Bavaria, through its Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives division, was responsible for the repatriation of thousands of artwork, looted by the Nazis in the countries they had occupied. With the help of the US Army, massive numbers of objects were retrieved from their wartime hiding places and inventoried for repatriation.
This fascinating history documents the story of the Allies’ Central Collecting Point, set up in the former Nazi Party headquarters in Munich, where the confiscated works were transported to be identified for restitution.
Iris Lauterbach presents her archival research on the events, with meticulous attention to the official systems, frameworks, and bureaucratic enterprise of the Munich CCP in the years from 1945 to 1949. She uncovers the stories of the people who worked there at a time of lingering political suspicions; narrates the research, conservation, and restitution process; and investigates how the works of art were returned to their owners.
Iris Lauterbach is a researcher at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich and teaches at the Technischen Universität in Munich.
320 pages 6 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches 238 b/w illustrations ISBN 978-1-60606-582-2 hardcover $70
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