Holocaust-Era Assets

Holocaust-Era Assets

Art Provenance, Claims and Financial Records

Digital and Microfilm Publications

DN1924: Records of the Foreign Exchange Depository Group of the Office of the Finance Adviser, 1944–1950 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 149 disks of this digital publication, DN1924, are reproduced records relating to the administration and operation of the Foreign Exchange Depository Group, Office of the Finance Advisor, Office of Military Government for Germany (U.S.) [OMGUS], during the period 1944-1950. These records are contained within Records of the United States Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Record Group (RG) 260.

DN1929: Records of the Property Control Branch of the U.S. Allied Commission for Austria (USACA) Section, 1945–1950 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 413 disks of this digital publication, DN1929, are reproduced cases and reports, claims processed by, and general records of the Property Control Branch of the United States Element, Allied Commission for Austria (USACA) Section, 1945-1950. These records are part of Records of United States Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Record Group (RG) 260.

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M1782: OSS Art Looting Investigation Unit Reports, 1945–1946 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the single roll of this microfilm publication, M1782, are reproduced the Detailed Interrogation Reports, Consolidated Interrogation Reports, and the Final Report of the Office of Strategic Service's (OSS) Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU). The ALIU distributed copies of these documents to numerous Government agencies. In order to produce the highest quality microfilm image, the best physical copy of each report was selected for inclusion in M1782.

M1921: Records Relating to Monuments, Museums, Libraries, Archives, and Fine Arts of the Cultural Affairs Branch, OMGUS, 1946–1949Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 14 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1921, are reproduced records relating to monuments, museums, libraries, archives, and fine arts of the Cultural Affairs Branch, Education and Cultural Relations (ECR) Division, Office of Military Government, U.S. Zone (Germany) [OMGUS] during the period 1946-1949. These records pertain to the restitution of artworks, investigations of crimes involving art objects, conditions of archives and libraries in the American Zone and their holdings, problems encountered in reopening museums, libraries, and archives and the exchange of experts and exhibits.

M1922: Records of the External Assets Investigation Section of the Property Division, OMGUS, 1945–1949Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 88 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1922, are reproduced investigation reports, interrogations of business and industrial leaders, and related records of the External Assets Investigation Section of the Property Control and External Assets Branch of the Property Division of the Office of Military Government, U.S. Zone (Germany) [OMGUS], during the period 1945-1949. These records are part of Records of U.S. Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Record Group (RG) 260.

M1923: OMGUS Finance Division Records Regarding Investigations and Interrogations, 1945–1949 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 8 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1923, are reproduced bank investigation reports, interrogations of Nazi financiers, and related records of the Office of the Finance Division and Finance Advisor during the period 1945-1947.

M1925: Records Regarding Intelligence and Financial Investigations of the Financial Intelligence Group, OMGUS, 1945–1949 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 9 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1925, are reproduced records relating to intelligence and financial investigations of the Financial Intelligence Group, Office of the Finance Adviser (FINAD or OFA), Office of Military Government, U.S. Zone [OMGUS], during the period 1945-1949.

M1926: Records of the Reparations And Restitutions Branch of the U.S. Allied Commission For Austria (USACA) Section, 1945–1950 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 156 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1926, are reproduced the individual claims processed by and general records of the Reparations and Restitutions Branch of the United States Element, Allied Commission for Austria (USACA) Section, 1945–1950. The claims represent assembled information that was used to determine if the claimants deserved restitution of property or that property's value.

M1927: Records of the Monuments and Fine Arts Branch of the U.S. Allied Commission for Austria (USACA) Section, 1945–1950Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 14 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1927, are reproduced the individual claims processed by and general records of the Monuments and Fine Arts Branch of the United States Element, Allied Commission for Austria (USACA) Section, 1945–1950.

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M1928: Records of the German External Assets Branch of the U.S. Allied Commission For Austria (USACA) Section, 1945–1950Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 132 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1928, are reproduced reports on businesses with German affiliations and information on the organization and operations of the German External Assets Branch of the United States Element, Allied Commission for Austria (USACA) Section, 1945–1950.

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M1933: Safehaven Reports Of The War Crimes Branch, 1944–1945Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the nine rolls of this microfilm publication, M1933, are reproduced the Safehaven reports received by the War Crimes Branch during the period 1944-1945. These materials are part of the records of the War Crimes Branch in Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army), Record Group (RG) 153.


M1934: OSS Washington Secret Intelligence/Special Funds Records, 1942–1946Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 24 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1934, are reproduced records that were originally in the custody of the Washington Office, Secret Intelligence Branch and the Washington Office, Special Funds Division of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and their predecessor units, during the period 1942-1946. The records were created and collected by these units while they were engaged in Project Safehaven, the code name of a project of the Foreign Economic Administration, in cooperation with the State Department and the military services, to block the flow of German capital across neutral boundaries and to identify and observe all German overseas investments. These materials are part of the Records of the Office of Strategic Services, Record Group (RG) 226.

The list below provides the subject of the numbered documents in M1934 and should be viewed before ordering.

M1940: Records Concerning The Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): Miscellaneous Property Reports, 1945–1948Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the six rolls of this microfilm publication, M1940, are reproduced approximately 6,000 property cards and accompanying survey reports regarding German repositories that stored Nazi-confiscated works of art.

M1941: Records Concerning the Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): OMGUS Headquarters Records, 1938–1951Adobe Acrobat PDF

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On the 45 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1941, are reproduced the general records, activity reports, and restitution and custody receipts of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) Section as distributed to the Headquarters of Office of Military Government, U.S. Zone (Germany) (OMGUS). These records consist of intelligence reports, interrogation reports, captured documents, and general information regarding German art looting.

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M1942: Records Concerning the Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): Offenbach Archival Depot, 1946–1951Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 13 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1942, are reproduced the records of the Offenbach Archival Depot. These consist of administrative records, cultural object restitution and custody records, correspondence relating to restitution claims, monthly reports, and photographs of library bookplates and markings.

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M1943: ERR (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg) Card File and Related Photographs, 1940–1945Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 40 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1943, are reproduced the card file, interpositives, and photographic prints from the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), 1940–1945. The card file and photographic materials are part of the Records of United States Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Record Group (RG) 260.

M1944: Records of the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas (The Roberts Commission), 1943–1946Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 187 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1944, are reproduced the Records of the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas (The Roberts Commission). This publication contains all the series in Record Group 239 except for two series in original microfilm format: “Card File of Japanese Works, Collections, Sites, and Installations Requiring Protection, 1946” (NARA Microfilm Publication A3383), and “Microfilm Copies of Reports from the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations Received from the Allied Military Government, 1943–1946” (NARA Microfilm Publication A3380). While most of this publication consists of textual records, a large number of maps, photographs, and aerial photographs are included.

M1946: Records Concerning the Central Collecting Points ("Ardelia Hall Collection"): Munich Central Collecting Point, 1945–1951Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 334 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1946, are reproduced the administrative records, property cards, and photographs of artworks and of activities from the Munich Central Collecting Point during the period 1945-51. The Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA) Section recovered Nazi-looted works of art and artifacts from various storage areas and shipped the objects to one of four U.S. central collecting points, includ-ing Munich. In order to research restitution claims, the MFAA officers gathered intelli-gence reports, interrogation reports, captured documents, and general information regarding German art looting. The Munich records are part of the "Ardelia Hall Collection" in Records of United States Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Record Group (RG) 260.

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M1947: Records Concerning The Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point, 1945–1952 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On 117 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1947, are reproduced the administrative records, photographs of artworks, and property cards from the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point during the period 1945-52. The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) Section recovered Nazi-looted works of art and artifacts from various storage areas and shipped the objects to one of four U.S. central collecting points, including Wiesbaden. In order to research restitution claims, MFAA officers gathered intelligence reports, interrogation reports, captured documents, and general information regarding German art looting. The Wiesbaden records are part of the "Ardelia Hall Collection" in Records of United States Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Record Group (RG) 260.

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M1948: Records Concerning The Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): Marburg Central Collecting Point, 1945–1949 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 28 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1948, are reproduced the records of the Marburg Central Collecting Point, 1945–1949. They consist of general administrative records, Marburg Central Collecting Point property accessions, the directory of Marburg Central Collecting Point property released to the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point, and photographs.

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M1949: Records of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) Section of the Reparations and Restitution Branch, OMGUS, 1945–1951 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 43 rolls of this microfilm publication, M1949, are reproduced the records of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) Sections of the Reparations and Restitution Branch, Office of Military Government, U.S. Zone, (Germany) (OMGUS). These records consist of intelligence reports, interrogation reports, captured documents, and general information regarding German art looting.

The indexes below refer to Cultural Property Claim Applications found on rolls 8–26:

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A3380: Microfilm Copies of Reports from the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations Received from the Allied Military Government, 1943–1946 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 3 rolls of this microfilm publication, A3380, are reproduced reports, lists, and card files that consist of selected pages of reports received from Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) officers in the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operations; information on private art collections; and extracts of card files related to war damage, art looting, and auctions. These records are part of Records of the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas, Record Group (RG) 239.

A3383: Card File of Japanese Works, Collections, Sites, and Installations Requiring Protection, 1946Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 9 rolls of this microfilm publication, A3383, are reproduced records prepared by the Education Ministry of the Imperial Japanese Government in 1946 that identify cultural and historical sites in Japan requiring protection. These records are part of Records of the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas, Record Group (RG) 239.

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A3389: Records Concerning the Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): Selected Microfilm Reproductions and Related Records, 1945–1949 Adobe Acrobat PDF

On the 76 rolls of this microfilm publication, A3389, are reproduced an original set of microfilms consisting of selected files from the restitution records of the central collecting points, along with a number of documents and manuscripts temporarily in State Department custody after the central collecting points of the Office of Military Government, U.S. Zone (Germany) (OMGUS) were closed. A copy of the original microfilm was transferred to the National Archives from the State Department with the central collecting point files. The microfilm and additional records of the central collecting points are located in the Records of United States Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Record Group (RG) 260.

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