Folders: Censorship, Office of: CI (Confidential Reports) 1–191
British Censorship Reports regarding looted assets, 1942–1943 (8 pp.). References to art work, assets in
Austria, Swiss art dealer Fischer, art works in Switzerland, Venezuelan endeavoring to bring pictures from Germany,
art possibly in Spain, and an impending visit to London by Mrs. Irma Lindheimer,
identified as “one of the outstanding women in American Jewish life.”
The addressee in the latter intercept, who resided in Lisbon, Portugal,
is identified as “a trafficker in visas, works of art and in the dispatch
of food parcels to internment camps.”
Enclosures 1 and 2 to dispatch No. 19,750 of December 8, 1944, from the
Embassy at London, England, regarding Alois Miedel [Miedl] (3 pp.) References to Miedl having in Spain paintings by
Cezanne, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens, Jan Steen, and Cranach. Also information about Miedl's
activities in the Netherlands and dealings with Göring.
Folder: Hoffman, Heinrich
Memo from J.S. Plaut, Director, Art Unit, OSS to Lt. Col. Ernest T. De
Wald, Director, MFAA S/C, AC regarding the investigation of German looting
and removal of Italian art properties, and coordination of operations, April
28, 1945 (1 p.).
Folder: Italy: Looting
Memo from James S. Plaut, Director, Art Unit, X-2 Branch to Lt. James
Angleton, CO, SCI/Z, Rome, regarding Dr. Albertina Crico, April 27, 1945 (2 pp.).
Desire by Plaut to recruit Dr. Crico for three months to work for the
OSS and with the MFAA Sub-Commission, AC, Italy, to help investigate the
flow of art properties from Central to Northern Italy.
Folder: Knox, Henry H.
Memo from SAINT, Stockholm to SAINT, London, regarding art objects confiscated
by the Nazis in Germany and occupied countries, August 23, 1945 (3 pp.). Memo identifies Alfred Anderson, a Swedish
national, as a great current and future source of information on looted art objects. Attached is 18
pp. of information regarding “objects of art which were confiscated
by the Nazis in Holland, together with photographs [not attached] and
descriptive data of each individual painting or work of art.”
Memo from SAINT, Stockholm to SAINT, Washington, regarding the Reichskulturkammer
[Reich Chamber of Culture], August 22, 1945 (3 pp.). Listed are 62 individuals associated with the organization
that was established by Goebbels to “affect the public opinion and to alter and educate
in accordance with the lines of the Propaganda Department.”
Folder: Miedl, Alois
Memo from Jan F. Libich to Gardiner S. Pratt regarding Gerhard Fritze,
October 18, 1945 (1 p.). Fritze was seen as a source of information regarding I.G. Farben holdings
in the Netherlands.
Memo from Jan F. Libich to Gardiner S. Pratt regarding Dr. von Saher,
October 18, 1945 (2 pp.). Von Saher was seen as a possible source of information on Arpad Plesch
and I.G. Farben cloaking its interest in I.G. Chemie. Libich noted “that
a good many German refugees here [New York City] are loath to give any
information regarding business deals they were forced into by German industrialists,
as they feel that British and American policy points to a reinstatement
of these industrialists to their former important positions, and they
do not wish to jeopardize any future relations with them.”
Memo from SAINT, BB/O52 to SAINT, Germany, October 22, 1945, regarding
Alois Miedl (2 pp.). Request that Lt. Rousseau [with the OSS Art Looting Investigation Unit]
interrogate Miedl when Miedl is returned to Germany. Biographical information
regarding Miedl is also provided.
Memo from SAINT, Madrid to SAINT, Washington and London, regarding looted
paintings at the Free Port of Bilbao, Spain, February 15, 1945 (5 pp.).
Paintings, which are listed on four pages, were consigned to Ramon Talasac,
who at that point was on the British Statutory List for having acted as
a cloak for German concerns. The list, which is in Spanish, and which
gives the dimensions and other related information, indicates that some
of the art work had come from the Goudstikker Collection.
Folder: Mohnen, Wilhelm Jakob
CSDIC Interrogation Report on Wilhelm Mohnen, April 30, 1945, Copy
No. 21 (24 pp.). Mohnen, owner of a cycle and motor cycle business in Mannheim, Germany,
was involved with the Abwehr in France in 1941, investigated by the Gestapo
for business malpractices, and went to Rome and the Vatican in early 1942.
Was involved in art transactions with Dr. Lohse and came in contact with
others involved in the art trade, including Heinrich Hoffman. He also
did some work for the SD to obtain information in Rome. He was also instructed
by the German foreign office in January 1943 to arrange for “direct
Papal intervention in favour of peace by means of a direct appeal to Germany
in his next public speech which would probably be at Easter.” References
to Kappler, the Vatican, SS General Wolff, and selling of art work. Pages
18–24 of the report contains the names and positions of personalities
mentioned in the report.
Folder: Personalities: Miscellaneous
Letter from Charles H. Sawyer to Alfred Frankfurter of the Art News in
New York City, March 22, 1945 (1 p.). Request for any information on “our Celtic friend.”
Folder: PW [Prisoner of War] Papers (CSDIC)
Memo from S. L. Faison, Jr., OSS Art Looting Investigation Unit to Chief,
X-2 London, regarding Hans Helmut von Hummel, secretary to Martin Borman,
October 11, 1945 (3 pp.). Enclosed is an interrogation summary of Karl Kluge, chauffeur to Dr. Leopold
Ruprecht, head of the Linz armor collection. References to gold coins;
Gerhard Utikal, Berlin head of the Einsatzstab Rosenberg (ERR); and Dr.
Schedelmann, art dealer in Vienna, Austria.
Two memos from Charles H. Sawyer regarding copies of CSDIC PW interrogation
reports in which he had an interest, April–May 1945 (2 pp.).
Memo from Thomas W. Dunn to Charles Sawyer, April 4, 1945, attaching
two CSDIC PW Papers, Number 27 (14 pp.), “Treatment of Works of Art in
Germany” and Number 28 (9 pp.), “Treatment of Works of Art in Occupied Territory.”
The former report contains sections on The Wehrmacht, The Nazi Party,
Private Agencies (Hitler and Göring), Unclassified Removal of Works of
Art (Rothschild Property, Incident in Poland, and Dealers), and Personalities.
The latter report contains information on Jewish Art, Degenerate Art,
Hitler, Göring, the Gestapo, and other topics. Included is a listing
of personalities concerned with art in Germany.