Art Provenance and Claims Records and Research
Descriptive List of Key Records
Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) Records
Record Group & Series: Records of the U.S. Occupation Headquarters, World War II (RG 260); Office of the Military Government, U.S. Zone (Germanay) (OMGUS); Property Division; Records Concerning the Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”); Miscellaneous Records; ERR Card File, 1940–1945 (A1, Entry 549).
Description: Consists of double-sided index cards created by the ERR in Paris. The cards describe individual pieces of looted art and are arranged by an alpha-numeric inventory numbering system. The alpha component refers to the original collection (e.g., “R” for Rothschild) and a sequentially increasing number. Card information includes a description of the artwork and measurements. Some include the provenance of the cultural object as well.
This series is available on NARA Microfilm Publication M1943, Rolls 1–27.
Record Group & Series: Records of the Office of Strategic Services (RG 226); Formerly Security Classified Intelligence Reports (“XL” Series), 1941–1946 (A1, Entry 19).
- XL 13034 contains biographical information on Alfred Rosenberg, including his removal from France of libraries, objects of art, furniture, etc., especially of Jews. 5 pp. June 1945.
Box: 175, Location: 190/4/16/03
- XL 13731 is a detailed interrogation report on Driedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger, state
secretary at the Reich Chancery, regarding various topics, including fund for foreign
art purchases, Hermann Göring’s art purchases, Rosenberg’s organization for
acquiring furniture, and futility of the Werewolves. 8 pp. July 1945.
Box: 199, Location: 190/4/16/07
- XL 15259 is a reproduction of a letter (in German) from Göring sanctioning Rosenberg’s “booty staffs” and ordering Party, State, and Army assistance for confiscation of property of “Jews and other hostile elements and powers.” Letter dated May 1, 1941.
Box: 226, Location: 190/4/17/03
- XL 15687 contains information on the organization and activities of the Einsatzstab
Rosenberg (ERR), whose aim was to organize the systematic looting of art treasures
of France. Among its activities was the inventory and looting of Jewish collections, many of which
were sent to Switzerland for safekeeping. The personnel in charge in Paris
was headed by Bruno Lohse and von Behr. Includes a list of the Parisian private collections
and the antiquaries which were looted; a list of all the personnel of the
ERR in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels; and an alphabetical list of personnel
in all occupied countries (in French). 21 pp. November 1943.
Box: 230, Location: 190/4/17/04
- XL 18055 is an exposé of the ERR (in French). 18 pp. November 1943.
Box: 270, Location: 190/4/18/03
Record Group & Series: Records of Allied Operational Headquarters, World War II (RG 331); Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF); G-5 Division; Operations Branch; Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section; Subject File, August 1943–1945 (UD, Entry 55B) (ARC ID 612714).
Folders: “Looting: Einsatzstab Rosenberg [ERR]” and “Looting: France.”
Description: The five principal sets of records are:
- French inventories of art work selected for Hitler and Göring: Des caisses de tableaux pour le Führer, 8.2.1941 (5 pp.) and Des caisses d’œuvres d’art pour le Reichsmarschall, 8.11.1941 (8 pp.)
- Staff lists of ERR [?] employees by region, city, and subject, e.g., Bild Kunst (Fine Arts) and Volkskunde (Ethnology)
- Copies of ERR correspondence
- “Information on Pictures in the Goudstikker Collection”
- November 3, 1944, letter in French from the Director of the Archives of France to Colonel MacDonnel concerning the 1940 disappearance of the Papiers Murat from the Archives Nationales.
Boxes: 325–326, Location: 290/7/27/07
|Box #||Selected File Title or Subject|
|325||Looting: Einsatzstab Rosenberg [ERR]