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Stolen artworks records during WW II posted online to help find items stolen by Nazis

May 6, 2011 - London

Records about stolen artworks taken during World War II would be placed online to help families and historians find missing items seized by the Nazis.

The National Archives and the Commission for Looted Art have signed an agreement to provide the documents, the BBC reports.

The documents dating between 1939 and 1961 feature inventories and images of art, including details about efforts to identify and recover the articles during and after World War II.

"By digitising and linking archival records online, researchers will be able to piece together the stories of what became of cultural objects," Oliver Morley, chief executive and keeper of the National Archives, said.

It was reported last year that a photo album detailing plans of a Nazi super museum consisting of thousands of stolen artworks was discovered in the United States.

An amateur historian, Robert Edsel, had reportedly spotted the album after he visited the house of US GI John Pistone, who had taken it as a memento from Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden in 1945.

Pistone later claimed he had never known the significance of the album titled "Picture Gallery Linz XIII".


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