Nothing better illustrates the deviousness of media than their stories of art allegedly looted by the ‘Nazis’. The camera doesn’t lie; to television viewers and the media’s trusting readership photographic evidence of German wickedness appears undeniable.
The media’s poison-pen scribes should first have heeded the words of Mark Twain, a far better journalist than they could ever be.
“A lie will travel the world while the truth is still pulling its boots on.”
Corrupted mainstream media were unprepared for the onset of the internet’s power to expose victors’ propaganda. Recent research across international archives opens up a Pandora’s Box of real history.
Ralph Keeling of the Institute of American Economics says:
“The sacking of Germany after her unconditional surrender will go down in history as one of the most monstrous acts of modern times. Its excess beggars description and its magnitude defy condemnation.”
Systematic pillaging and looting by the Allies, particularly the Soviet Union, is still cause of heated disputes between Germany, Russia and the United States. Most of the stolen artworks have never been returned to Germany.
Panorama with River Spree. Museum Island (German: Museumsinsel) is the name given to the northern half of an island in the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin, Germany, the site of the old city of Cölln. It is so called for the complex of five internationally significant museums, all part of the Berlin State Museums that occupy the island’s northern part.
Images of discovered German artworks shown in tabloids and on television are genuine. However, the captions and stories behind the photographs are since proven to be half-lies or simply untrue.
Pictures of U.S General Dwight D. Eisenhower and American troops ‘recovering looted Nazi art’ are nothing of the kind. These are pictures of self-styled democracies art experts and allied troops not retrieving but stealing Germany’s legitimately acquired artworks.
U.S General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, accompanied by General Omar N. Bradley and Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr., inspects art treasures secured from Allied air attacks by their being hidden in a salt mine in Germany. These artworks were looted and shipped to the United States where many are still illegally stored.
Thousands of pieces of artwork, artefacts, jewellery, historical pieces of great art were stored by the Germans in underground caverns. This was done primarily to save these treasures from total destruction wreaked by the day and night 1,000 allied bombing raids.
During the allies war on the Reich the Berlin Bode Museum’s master artworks were evacuated to mines and into two bunkers to avoid their being damaged by the day and night 1,000 allied carpet bombing infernos.
Artworks that media claims to be ‘stolen by the Nazis’ was legitimate German property. National treasures held by German museums and art galleries had been discovered or legally acquired. What readers and television viewers are in fact seeing is the wholesale looting, the plundering of German artworks, treasures, artefacts and various works of art.
Estimates focus on German artworks and cultural treasures secured against allied bombing looted after Germany’s defeat. These included 200,000 works of art that were buried along three kilometres of salt mines containing archival material and three million books. They artworks were not hidden as hiding such from the invaders was impossible.
This engraving by the 15th century German artist Albrecht Dürer was among thousands of items stolen from the defeated Reich.
Berlin’s State Museum alone lost around 400 artworks after World War Two. The German state of Saxony-Anhalt maintains a register entitled Beutekunst (looted art). This inventory catalogues more than 1,000 missing paintings and books believed confiscated by the U.S or the Soviet Union.
‘The Graces in the Gardens of the Hesperides’ by Peter Paul Rubens. This artwork with hundreds of thousands of great artworks was looted by the allies before being placed in U.S, Soviet and British art galleries and museums.
British troops and the Naval War Trophies Committee also looted German artworks. These included several pictures by German marine artist Claus Bergen, Wreath in the North Sea in Memory of the Battle of Jutland, The Commander U-boat, Admiral Hipper’s Battle Cruiser at Jutland and The German Pocket Battleship Admiral Von Scheer Bombarding the Spanish Coast. Carl Saltzmann’s German Fleet Manoeuvres on the High Seas and Ehrhard’s Before the Hurricane at Apia Samoa and During the Hurricane at Apia.
These art works were ransacked from the Naval Academy situated at Flensburg-Mürwik. The works of art are documented by a 1965 – 1966 Ministry of Defence file available in Britain’s national archives. These stolen trophies (prizes of war) were sent to various British museums. Five of the looted German works of art remain in the National Maritime Museum in London (NMM).
The artwork, Before the Hurricane at Apia, was lent to the Royal Navy’s HMS Calliope in 1959. This painting was ‘lost’ and formally written off in 1979. The National Maritime Museum admitted in January 2007 that “the documentation at the NMM and the National Archives is not complete”. According to spoliation guidelines, the pictures should be regarded as having been “wrongly taken”.
A December 1948 show at San Francisco’s De Young Museum of some of the art plundered from the ransacked salt mines discovered in Bavaria by the occupying United States Army in 1945.
The collection of paintings in the San Francisco de Young Art Museum was part of the treasures plundered following the discovery of Germany’s secured art treasures. The de Young museum contains 95 paintings of the 202 looted artworks shipped to the United States after the war’s end.
Almost all these paintings had come from the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin that in 1956 was renamed the Bode Museum. Rembrandt, Hals, Botticelli and Vermeer were among the artists in this stolen collection. The 95 paintings were valued at $50,000,000 in 1948.
This photo provided by The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art of Dallas, shows Monuments Man George Stout, third from left with an N on his shirt, moving the central panel of the plundered Ghent Altarpiece discovered in Altaussee, Austria in July of 1945.
Liberated from the clutches of the high interest Western banking elites Hitler’s Third Reich soon became wealthier than the United States of America. When discovered by the invaders the Reich’s gold and silver reserves were shipped to American banks. Here we see troops from General Patton’s Third Army stand among gold reserves hidden in a salt mine.
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