By Kenneth D. Alford
Looting has lengthy been famous as one of many crimes dedicated through the 3rd Reich in the course of international struggle II, against the law which stripped financial wealth and inventive treasures from the populations the Nazis terrorized. This old textual content finds the surprising volume of looting through Allied forces, exploring their thievery opposed to the Germans and others. It follows the adventure of the Hungarian Crown Treasure from a muddy oil drum in Austria to citadel Knox and again to Hungary, and discusses various misplaced treasures starting from useful paintings works to infrequent manuscripts, together with the earliest recognized printing by way of the Gutenberg press.
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Wiede departed, as the rumor was that he was running away from our military government. I wish to state at this time, that at no time did Mr. Wiede ever complain to me of anyone stealing any pictures, coins, or stamp collection from his home or from his possession as he so stated in a statement prepared by him, which was read to me in part by Mr. S. Army. At the time we stayed at the Villa Wiede I was a captain and later on, just before I left, I was promoted to major. During the last part of my stay at the Villa Wiede there was a second major there.
Fortunately all were present and accounted for in the morning. Locating the ambassador’s car was not difﬁcult — a colonel in the ord- 46 Part II : A Passion for Lucas Cranach Paintings nance corps attached to the XXI had it. To put it mildly, he was greatly displeased with the turn of events. Although he outranked Shughart slightly, he grudgingly removed his gear from the car. ” Grasping the revolver barrel, he struck the rear window a mighty blow with the butt. The window, obviously bulletproof, was undamaged.
When ﬁrst entering the plant in Trebsen, I found a large number of stamps and added these to my collection. I still have these stamps at the present time. The total of these stamps, which I collected in Europe, would not exceed a few hundred dollars. I have no knowledge on any major and captain taking stamps (albums) from Mr. Wiede at gunpoint. I do not know the whereabouts of a Captain or Major Towers. I have nothing to add to this statement at the present time. A week later Graham S. McConnell was interviewed at his home in Republic, Washington, by Investigator Robert R.
Allied Looting in World War II: Thefts of Art, Manuscripts, Stamps and Jewelry in Europe by Kenneth D. Alford