Albums Stolen by Nazis Unveiled After Being Taken from Hitler’s Home

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Two albums documenting works of art and furniture stolen by the Nazis during World War II were unveiled Tuesday after being discovered by a Dallas-based foundation that was contacted by relatives of two soldiers who had taken them from Adolf Hitler’s home.

Robert M. Edsel, founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, said a Dallas news conference that the albums are “key pieces of evidence taken from a crime scene that were prized possessions of Adolf Hitler.”

The albums, which will be donated to the U.S. National Archives, were among those created by the Nazi agency Einsatzstab Richsleiter Rosenberg, or ERR, documenting the items they had taken from across Europe. One album includes photographs of 69 paintings that were taken as early as 1940. Another contains photographs of 41 pieces of furniture, mostly taken from the Rothschild family.

The albums will bring the total number of ERR albums in the custody of the National Archives to 43, including two others that were donated in 2007.

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