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WWII art thefts documented in recently recovered diary of Alfred Rosenberg.

WWII art thefts documented in recently recovered diary of Alfred Rosenberg.

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WWII art thefts
The nazi military and culture resulted in a great many WWII art thefts.

A lingering mystery from the second world war is where are the artworks missing as a result of the WWII art thefts?

One of my earliest memories is from when I was about five years old, shuffling through a small stack of black and white postcards my parents had collected of Hitler’s compound and bunker, and some of the concentration camps.

I was fascinated because my parents had told me what I could understand about the second world war, most likely fostering my ongoing fascination with war, history and genealogy.

I was born in July of 1959, just fourteen years after the end of WWII, and the war was still very fresh in everyone’s mind – including my parents’. Mom had travelled to Germany in 1958 to marry my Dad, who was posted with the Canadian military, and live with him in a tiny apartment in Baden Soellingen – where I was born just a year later. My Dad was quite an amateur photographer and they spent most of their free time travelling around Europe, including visiting the most memorable and disturbing landmarks of Hitler’s regime up to and including the second world war.

The stories my Mom and Dad told of their landlords and others they got to know while living on the German economy painted a picture of lovely, warm, welcoming people, as described in a post on my personal blog, Feathering the Empty Nest, “Did my birth break a curse?” There was no way I could reconcile these stories with the ones I was hearing about the Hitler regime (the military and politicians) of the time. How could there be such a dichotomy?

Among the numerous unspeakable acts against the Jews was the systematic theft of valuables including cash, jewelry, and works of art. Alfred Rosenberg managed the thefts and documented the entire endeavor in his diary.

This morning I read an article in Prologue: Pieces of History on the National Archives site called “Nazi Art Looter’s Diary, Long Missing, Found and Online for the First Time” about the availability online of this German language diary, which was recovered recently and moved to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

I only hope that Mark’s and my interest in the events of WWII has made enough of an impact on our kids that they will do their part to ensure the tragic consequences of the madness of one man and his regime will never be forgotten in their generation and that of their children to come.

Source:

Hilary, “Nazi Art Looter’s Diary, Long Missing, Found and Online for the First Time,” National Archives, http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/.

Photo credit:

photo credit: x-ray delta one via photopin cc


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New Link: Online Newspapers Archive

New Link: Online Newspapers Archive

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Learning of this online newspapers archive site was very exciting to me. Some of the most valuable information we can find in our genealogical search comes from newspaper accounts because they provide a more detailed reflection of the lives of our ancestors – not just facts and figures. I have added this link to the main ‘Genealogy Links’ page in the top menu.

 

Online newspapers archive.
Online newspapers archive.

The Online Newspapers Archive site endeavours to centralize the thousands of historical newspapers from various sources in one location.

The first newspapers I looked for were those in the Acadian territories of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before, during and after the expulsion. My family names do show in the papers available after 1850, but it will take some time to sift through them.

The newspapers for Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and Kentucky also look promising as a great deal of our family history took place in these states.

One great disappointment, though is that there is nothing yet for the United Kingdom.

Although there are great gaps in the newspapers available for some geographical regions, what is available could provide that ‘gem’ one or more of us have been seeking.

I definitely intend to investigate this site further.


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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.

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Following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.

 

FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions.

 

Canada

Costa Rica

Croatia

Czechoslovakia

Indonesia

Jamaica

New Zealand

Puerto Rico

Peru

Philippines

Spain

United States

 

Ancestry.com Updates and Additions.

 

Australia

Canada

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

 

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photo credit: Vogan via photopin (license)


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Genealogical Research of Vermont Ancestors is Getting Easier

Genealogical Research of Vermont Ancestors is Getting Easier

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Vermont Ancestors

Find Your Vermont Ancestors

A federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities has paid for a Vermont Digital Newspaper Project planned to take two years for scanning up to 100,00 pages from Vermont newspapers of the 1800’s and early 1900’s, providing highly sought information about Vermont ancestors of researchers. Vermont is only the first of 28 states expected to contribute to this project, which will be known as “Chronicling America”.

Spearheaded by University of Vermont librarians, the url for the coming online digital archives is to be announced once any images are made available online.

This has the potential of being an invaluable resource for those doing family genealogy research in Vermont. Newspaper articles are particularly valuable as they help to provide the historical details of events and circumstances that are missing from official records commonly used in genealogy research.


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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 7 Mar 2015.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 7 Mar 2015.

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The following are the ancestry.com and familysearch.org updates and additions up to and including 7 Mar 2015.

 

FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

<a href=
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Argentina

Australia

Canada

France

Italy

New Zealand

Russia

Ukraine

United States

Worldwide

 

Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

Belarus

Czechoslovakia

Hungary

Romania

Sweden

United States


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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 29 Dec 2014.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 29 Dec 2014.

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Following are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com updates and additions to 29 Dec 2014.

 

FamilySearch.org updates and additions.

Austria

Belgium

Czechoslovakia

Germany

Italy

Mexico

Russia

United States

 

Ancestry.com updates and additions.

Australia

El Salvador

Italy

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

 


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