The Spoils of World War II: The American Military's Role in the Stealing of Europe's Treasures

Kenneth D. Alford

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Synopsis: Revealing America's acquisition of European art, china, pottery, and furniture after the fall of the Third Reich, an account of greed and pillage names responsible military figures, cites unethical court proceedings, and recounts the lost items.

From Booklist: Looting and pillaging have always been an integral part of war, and World War II was no exception. In The Rape of Europa , Lynn Nicholas chronicled the Nazis' systematic theft and destruction of the art treasures of Europe and Russia; now we learn about the astonishing amount of war booty the Americans shipped home. Alford's quest for information documenting the U.S. Army's flagrant looting began by pure chance when he came across a misfiled document. He then spent the next 13 years amassing evidence, both written and anecdotal, about the theft not only of art works, but of all kinds of valuable weapons, jewelry, cameras, motorcycles, laboratory equipment, the furnishings of private homes, the inventory of businesses, and the holdings of libraries, museums, and universities. His research yielded some galvanizing tales of unbridled greed and diabolical subterfuge; indeed, it appears that American enlisted men, officers, and even nurses grabbed whatever valuables they could get their hands on "without shame or hesitation" all across Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Alford presents each case in great and often dramatic detail, from the commandeering of a train filled with gold to the plundering of priceless paintings and jewels from castles and private collections. Eye-opening, to say the least. Donna Seaman

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