During World War II, the Nazis looted everything from major artwork found at national museums to privately-owned Jewish ceremonial and personal items. Fortunately, Nazi records were very meticulous. Our partnership with the National Archives has made it possible to explore these records today on Footnote. During the month of May, all documents from the Holocaust Assets Collection will be free to access. One of the most popular collections at the National Archives, this provides a picture of the Holocaust that many are unaware of.
What’s in the Holocaust Assets Collection
- Ardelia Hall Collection: Munich Administrative Records
Administrative records, correspondence, denazification orders, custody receipts, property cards, Jewish restitution claim records,
- Ardelia Hall Collection: Offenbach Administrative Records
Administrative records, cultural object restitution and custody records, records relating to restitution claims, and monthly reports.
- Ardelia Hall Collection: Offenbach Photographs
Photographs relating to recovered books and artifacts processed at the Offenbach Archival Depot in Germany after World War II.
- Ardelia Hall Collection: OMGUS Records
Records Concerning the Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): OMGUS Headquarters Records, 1938-1951.
- Ardelia Hall Collection: Selected Records
Records Concerning the Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): Selected Microfilm Reproductions And Related
- Ardelia Hall Collection: Wiesbaden Administrative Records
Textual records created at the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point include administrative files and monthly reports.
- Ardelia Hall Collection: Wiesbaden Photographs
A “scrapbook” of photographs recording the activities and exhibits at the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point immediately after WWII
- Ardelia Hall Collection: Wiesbaden Property Cards
Property cards from the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point during the period 1945-52.
- OMGUS – Cultural Affairs Branch
Records relating to monuments, museums, libraries, archives, and fine arts of the Office of Military Government, U.S. Zone (OMGUS)
- OMGUS Finance Division – Investigations and Interrogations
OMGUS Finance Division Records Regarding Investigations and Interrogations, 1945-1949.
- Roberts Commission – Protection of Historical Monuments
Records of the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas, 1943-1946.
- USACA – German External Assets Branch
Records of the German External Assets Branch of the U.S. Allied Commission for Austria (USACA) Section, 1945-1950.
- WWII OSS Art Looting Investigation Reports
Reports by the Art Looting Investigation Unit of the OSS relating to jewels, paintings, and other art objects appropriated during WWII.