(Greece and Germany) Greek Antiquities Removed by Occupying Germany #germany #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



The U.S. National Archives has recently found a 47-page document, written by the Directorate of Civil Affairs of the United States War Office,  that reveals the damage caused to Greek antiquities during the German occupation in 1941- 1944. It was written between 1944 and March 1945.


The document reveals that on January 27, 1945, the Directorate of Civil Affairs of the United States War Office issued one of a series of weekly reports from the Headquarters Land Forces and Military Liaison (Greece) on the status of Classical and Byzantine Monuments in Greece, following the liberation of the country from German occupation.


NARA is slowly digitizing the entire national archives that had been previously placed on photographic microfilm from the ‘original’ carbon copies. It was from this that the researcher found the documents relating to wartime Greece.  Most of the artifacts that were returned came out of excavations in the Thessaly region in 1941 during an operation organized by Hitler’s chief ideologist Alfred Rosenberg.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee