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In 1944 the US government created a special intelligence unit dealing with looted art which was formed and administered by the OSS. Celebrated Nazi sculptor, often in Paris during the war. In touch with Wuester, Adrion, Fabre, Jansen and other French dealers. Became an important buyer for Linz in 1943 through the personal influence of Martin Bormann. In March 1944 went to Alt Aussee to arrange for storage in the salt mine of objects from Rome. Member of ERR Central Department and in April 1945 of the Kunstschutz in Italy, where he worked with Dr Ringler and Professor Bruhns. Art dealer; personal friend of Hitler, and for a time his principal buyer of works of art. Former Curator of Coins at Kunsthistorisches Institut, Vienna. Strong Party member, who worked closely with Seyss-Inquart and Muehlmann. Director of the German Institute in Paris from 1936. His office took over the Lippmann-Rosenthal Bank as a depository for confiscated Jewish properties. Became centre of Dutch collaborationist art circles, and in spite of being a refugee was well treated by the Germans. Chief contacts: Vitale Bloch (Holland), Wuester, Wandl and Holzapfel (Paris). In the course of 19, this Unit, named the Art Looting Intelligence Unit (ALIU), produced 16 printed reports. Connected with Wendland and Fischer as intermediary in sale of Degas’ Madame Camus at the Piano. Took part in arranging tour of French artists through Germany. Also worked in Holland with Dienststelle Muehlmann. Commander of Sixth Panzer Division, reported to have stored looted objects from France and other occupied countries at his residence in Saarow-Piskow (Fuerstenwald), using military trucks for transport. One of the most important purchasing agents for Linz. From 1943, in charge of Coin Collection being assembled for Linz. Returned to Paris in 1940 as chief of Franco-German student exchange. Shippers, semi-official forwarding agents for the German Foreign Office and the Nazi Party. Reported to have handled large quantities of looted art from the Occupied Territories of the East, i.e. Reported responsible for return of Oliveto deposit to Florence and connected with attempted theft of the Cranach Adam and Eve. Berlin, Nikolassee, an der Rehwiese 4 Koelpinsee, Insel Usedom, Pommern. Father, Hans Lange, resident of Alt Aussee, Austria, Rischendorf 64. In Russian custody, in a Luftwaffe hospital, Berlin. German archaeologist and one of the heads of Kunstschutz in Italy, 1043-44. Contact of Alexander von Frey and pre-war partner of Hinrichsen. Purchasing agent for the Gauleitung Dusseldorf-Koln-Aachen-Bonn, and one of the official representatives of German museums in France. German adviser for fine arts in the Department of Propaganda of the General Government at Cracow. Present whereabouts possibly Pfullendorf, on Lake Constance. Ardent Nazi and well connected in high Party circles. Captured in Rome, 5 February 1945, after taking refuge in the Vatican. Attached informally 1941-43 to the staff of Wuester in Paris. Active in Florence before the war, and in Lausanne during the war. Reported to have information about looted Polish prehistorical collections. Art dealer, active in France prior to and during World War II in the interests of the Third Reich. Active in German art market during war, but not established as involved in looting transactions or purchases for German officials. Directors of the Paris agency were Willi Bleye and Hans Wiederholt. Indicted by French Government (Seine Tribunal, Judge Frapier). Also represented Fischer, for whom she signed a receipt to Bornheim in Paris, July 4 1941. Indicted by French Government (Seine Tribunal, Judge Frapier). Prior to 1943 Stora had worked with Angerer, Hofer and la Beraudiere, Comtesse. Extremely active amateur dealer, who sold to Hofer and Bornheim. On 4 April 1941, sold five paintings, one statue and one clock to Bornheim for FF 2,250,000. It is reported that two million French francs, two Renoirs and a Cezanne were sent by Jean Bernheim to Switzerland in 1944 through the Japanese diplomatic pouch. Connected with Hofer in exchanges of Swiss and French francs. Also collaborated in the seizure of the Schloss Collection. Indicted by the French Government for embezzlement of the Wertheim collection and for attempts against the security of the state. Amateur dealer who sold extensively to the Germans during the occupation. Garin personally played a relatively minor part in the business of the firm during the occupation. Dealt in confiscated pictures; main source of supply to Wuester and other German buyers. Widow of the architect Dreyfus and specialist in tapestries, who acted as intermediary between French collectors and the Germans. Also worked with Lohse, Hofer, Josef Muehlmann and Frau Dietrich. Contact of Haberstock, Fischer, Loebl and Wendland, to whom he is known to have sold. Dealt with Hofer, Bornheim, Angerer and Josef Muehlmann, and visited personally by Haucke, Cesar Monge. Dealer active in Paris and New York before the war. Commander of 71st Infantry Regiment and member of German Kunstschutz in Italy. Commandant of the German Secret Police ((Feldpolizei) and Director of the Service Kunsberg (Colonne Kunsberg), the organisation formed on 17 July 1940 by Ambassador Abetz for the confiscation of works of art in France, preceding the ERR. Close contact of Haberstock, Lohse, Dietrich and other key figures. Amateur art dealer with broad official and aristocratic connections throughout Europe. Wife stated to be distant relative of Portuguese premier Salazar. Travelled extensively during war from Germany to France, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal. According to one authoritative source, however, he played a double game. Colleague of Wuester in the art section of the German Embassy, Paris. The most important German firm utilised for the packing and removal of looted art and art purchased by the Germans in the occupied countries. Under house arrest at Hohenschwangau/Fuessen, Bethanienheim, September 1945. Zurich, Spuelgenstrasse 6 Cologne, Komoedienstrasse 39 Markelfingen/Bodensee. Chief buyer for Linz in Belgium under Voss, who gave him a Linz certificate. Connected with Gurlitt, Rochlitz, Hoffmann and Petrides. Believed to be in the United Beauperthuys, Simone le. Secretary of Alexander Ball and intermediary for Ball with Haberstock, to whom she offered pictures of doubtful origin. French artist, appointed in 1940 by Goering, with the reported concurrence of the Louvre and on Bunjes’ recommendation, as ‘official appraiser ‘ for the French Government. Said to have been in constant touch with Stora after the latter’s departure. Frau Hofer had restored pictures for her in Paris in past years. Well-known Jewish art firm whose collections were seized by the Germans. Worked with Lohse and Hofer, and was a good friend of von Behr. Conducted negotiations on behalf of the French government with Bunjes for an exchange of objects in the Louvre and the Goering Collection. When last interviewed, stated that his relationship with Rosenberg was now (January 1946) on a ‘new basis ‘ because they had come to an agreement which concerned Fabiani’s property in the USA. The Garin firm actually succeeded Kleinberger’s and under Loebl becamse centre of the informal dealers’ syndicate composed of Wendland, Perdoux, Boitel, Dequoy, etc. German Jewish refugee dealer, resident in Cannes from July 1940 to August 1941, when he left for Spain and Cuba. French dealer specialising in sculpture and expert consultant to the Louvre. Associated with Arturo Reiss, Leegenhoek and Lagrand. These have been blocked provisionally by the French Government.
An important intermediary in Hofer-Fischer exchanges, as well as many of Wolff-Hardt’s transactions for the Linz Library. Probably most important historian responsible for looting of Polish art treasures. Called to military service in 1944 on the Russian front, and not heard of since.
A Names Index listing all those individuals, dealers and agencies who appear in any of these reports is available here. Former assistant to the sculptor Barlach, turned dealer. Was under house arrest at Grafing, Bavaria, autumn 1945. Director of the periodical Deutschland Frankreich, and as a high level intelligence propaganda officer collaborated with the Kunsberg organisation in the seizure of works of art in France in 1940.