Press Release
Press Release ยท Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Press Release
April 24, 2001
National Archives Publishes Microfilm of Reports of Nazi Art Looting Investigations

College Park, MD. . .For the first time, researchers wanting to see reports from the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) of the Office of Strategic Services will not have to travel to the National Archives at College Park to examine the original paper documents. The National Archives announced that it will release a microfilm publication consisting of reports of art looting and trafficking of looted art by the Nazis in World War II on Tuesday, May 8. The publication entitled, “OSS Art Looting Investigation Unit Reports, 1945-46,” consists of detailed interrogation reports, consolidated interrogation reports, and the final report of the ALIU.

The microfilm publication, (M1782), is available for research use in the microfilm research rooms at the National Archives Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, at the National Archives at College Park, and at the 13 National Archives regional facilities, located in major urban areas nationwide.

The publication may be purchased through the National Archives Customer Service Center in College Park, MD. Credit card orders may be placed by calling 1-800-234-8861 (or 301-713-6800 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area) or by mailing or faxing (to 301-837-0483) an order form to the Customer Service Center. Orders paid for by check or money order should be sent to the National Archives Trust Fund in Atlanta, GA.

The ALIU was established in 1944 “to collect and disseminate information bearing on the looting, confiscation, and transfer by the enemy of art properties in Europe.” It was also mandated to find information “on individuals or organizations involved in such operations or transactions, as will be of direct aid to the United States agencies empowered to effect restitution of such properties and prosecution of war criminals.” The ALIU, during its relatively short existence, worked closely with The American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas, U.S. Army’s Museum, Fine Arts & Archives officers, and other Allied organizations engaged in activities involving the identification and recovery of looted cultural property.

In 1945 and 1946, the ten-member ALIU produced 1,000+ pages of reports that