RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 59149355 LA English T1 America and the return of Nazi contraband : the recovery of Europe's cultural treasures A1 Kurtz, Michael J.,, PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge; New York YR 2006 SN 9780521849821 0521849829 AB "The Nazi war on European culture produced the greatest dislocation of art, archives, and libraries in the history of the world. In the ruins of the Reich, Allied occupiers found millions of paintings, sculptures, books, and manuscripts, from the mediocre to the priceless, hidden in thousands of secret hideaways. This book tells the story of how the American military government in Germany, spearheaded by a few dozen dedicated Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives officers and enlisted men, coped with resorting Europe's cultural heritage. Caught up in often bitter diplomatic wrangling during and after the war, the American restitution effort struggled to uncover what the Nazis had hidden and to equitably return all that was found. Based on the pioneering study of cultural restitution first published in 1985, America and the Return of Nazi Contraband presents new insights into how the American government and Jewish organizations managed the painfully difficult problem of heirless Jewish cultural property."--Jacket.