Plundered Masterpieces Of The Holocaust

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Plundered Masterpieces Of The Holocaust

Adam Smart

Plundered Masterpieces of theHolocaust

I chose this project for a few important reasons. The first reason is that, in the heat of the war and the Holocaust, people don't remember the pieces of art that were plundered and destroyed alongside lives. Since art is quite important to me, I feel like people don't recognize the loss of many countries' artwork and literature. I feel these acts are another example of the tryanny of Hitler, as he had the thought that all the art in the world should belong to Germany and be at a museum dedicated to him. This topic is important because the pieces of art belonging to victims of the Holocaust and people of the countries he occupied were part of their voice. The pieces of art, literature, and music, made up their voices, personality, and being. These pieces were unfairly ripped from them, and with the works of art their voices were lost too.

Many different people were impacted by this topic. A fifth of all the art in Europe at the time was taken by the Nazis, and to this day at least one hundred thousand of these pieces have not been given back to their owners. Therefore, the artists were heavily affected as some pieces of art they never saw again. After the war, the Allied forces sent in soldiers to all of these sites where the art was stored. These soldiers were also affected. Some of them even went as far to mail pieces of art back to their families, which affected families across the world. Finally, the main sufferer of these plunderings was the history of art. Countless masterpieces of art, including da Vinci pieces, were stolen in this conflict, and art history's change somewhat stagnated until they were found.

topic? Why is it important?

Question 2: Who or what was

Question 1: Why did I choose this

impacted by this event? How?

this topic and event?

This event occured throughout Europe during the Nazi invasion of various countires. This occured as part of World War II. One notable place where it occured was in Poland. These great injustices occured throughout the art galleries of Europe. The National Socialist party of Germany plundered and stole the national masterpieces and treasures of Europe. Throughout the continent, the unsatisfied greed of Adolf Hitler plundered the art and with it the hard work of visionary people. I would say the entire world was affected, as the artistic pieces of history were lost for a very long time. For example, the painting shown at the top of the document was lost for over seventy years. That is seventy years that the world has been deprived of this painting, and countless others that haven't been found.

This painting was plundered by the Nazis during World War II, in 1939. It was only found in 2012.

This slip was placed on the plunderings of the Nazi party.

This art piece was stolen by the Nazis and was only found in 2010.

Question 4: How do you feel about

this event occur?

Question 3: Where and when did

I can empathize with those affected by these acts of injustice. As someone who values art, music, and literature, I can feel for those who had their art and literature stolen from them. I understand how it feels to have something important stolen. However, I also can empathize with the people affected by these acts of tryanny because they are mostly normal people, and the entire world is affected by this in some ways. Since these events damaged the history of art and over one hundred thousand plundered pieces have not been found, it affects everyone. Because of these events, the culture of the world has shifted. Therefore, I can empathize not only for those who had their art stolen, but the world's people, whose culture is damaged as a result of these events.

For more information go to this site:

http://www.archives.gov/research/holocaust/records-and-research/documenting-nazi-plunder-of-european-art.html

The Nazis hid these pieces of art in churches and even salt mines.

This video shows a man of the Allied forces speaking about the plundering of art in Paris.


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