@2 months ago with 6 notes
#art #world war ii #nazis #stolen art #lost art
Artworks Stored in a Potash Mine in Merkers (April 15, 1945) In early April 1945, members of the U.S. 90th Infantry Division discovered an extensive German depot in the Merkers-Kaiseroda potash mine in Thuringia. Among other things, it contained gold bullion and gold coins worth 250 million dollars, 2.7 billion Reichsmarks in cash, large stores of foreign currency, as well as many art objects. Infantry members also discovered valuables belonging to Jews who had been murdered in the Holocaust.
The photograph shows Master Sergeant Harold Maus looking at the etching El buitre carnivoro [The Carnivorous Vulture] by Francisco de Goya. It is part of the series The Horrors of War and was among the artworks sent to Merkers for safekeeping by the Berlin Museum of Prints and Drawings [Berliner Kupferstichkabinett]. (via GHDI - Image)
@6 months ago with 6 notes
#propaganda #nazis #adolf hitler #photo #kino characters
The Führer and Youth (Adolf Hitler with a Little Girl), Postcard (1933) Goebbels’s most successful propaganda tool was the “Führer cult” that revolved around the person of Adolf Hitler. Articles in magazines and newspapers, books, films, posters, postcards, and paintings presented Hitler as both universal genius and ordinary man of the people. The parallels with Jesus Christ were not coincidental. Apparently, God had predestined Hitler to lead the German people out of its misery; it was a matter of Divine Providence. This propaganda photo shows the new “savior of humanity” with a little girl. Photo by Heinrich Hoffmann.
@7 months ago with 4 notes
#joseph goebbels #history #nazis #nejiko suwa #violin #stradivarius
Much is documented — if little remembered — about Goebbels’s gift on Feb. 22, 1943. But the origins of the violin itself remain a mystery. Was it confiscated property, one of thousands of musical instruments plundered by the Nazis, or otherwise obtained under duress from those persecuted during the Nazi era?
Nejiko Suwa and Joseph Goebbels’s Gift - NYTimes.com