Francois Boucher in the Hitler Albums

Hitler's Albums catalogued by Reich Leader Alfred Rosenberg and his staff.

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The Title PageHitler's Album, front coverA photograph of one of the album's pages.
The Title Page
The Title Page
Hitler's Album, front cover
Hitler's Album, front cover
A photograph of one of the album's pages.
A photograph of one of the album's pages.
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Brantome; James de Rothschild racing horse stolen by the Nazi's and sent to Germany.Edouard Alphonse James de Rothschild's, Chateau de FerrieresBasse-Normandy map. Which is where the small village of Reux and and the small town of Pont-l'Évêque is located about 125 miles from Paris. It is in this area that the Rothschild's estate, Chateau de Reux is located in France.  It was at this place wThe horse farm of Haras de Meautry in the late 1880s, where James Rothschild hid his art collection.
Brantome; James de Rothschild racing horse stolen by the Nazi's and sent to Germany.
Brantome; James de Rothschild racing horse stolen by the Nazi's and sent to Germany.
Edouard Alphonse James de Rothschild's, Chateau de Ferrieres
Edouard Alphonse James de Rothschild's, Chateau de Ferrieres
Basse-Normandy map. Which is where the small village of Reux and and the small town of Pont-l'Évêque is located about 125 miles from Paris. It is in this area that the Rothschild's estate, Chateau de Reux is located in France.  It was at this place w
Basse-Normandy map. Which is where the small village of Reux and and the small town of Pont-l'Évêque is located about 125 miles from Paris. It is in this area that the Rothschild's estate, Chateau de Reux is located in France. It was at this place w
The horse farm of Haras de Meautry in the late 1880s, where James Rothschild hid his art collection.
The horse farm of Haras de Meautry in the late 1880s, where James Rothschild hid his art collection.

The Nazi Occupation

 A Ravished Collector

  • Edouard Alphonse James de Rothschild,

In 1940, the Baron and his wife escaped to Lisbon, Portugal right after the Nazi occupation of France. From there they were able to continue on their way to New York City, New York. It is there that they waited until the end of World War II to return to their homeland of Austria. But before his escape to the United States, James and his wife did their best to hide their massive art collection worth millions from the Nazi's. He hid most of his collection somewhere on the Haras de Meautry farm and at his Château de Reux estate. But in 1940, the Nazi's caught up with the Rothschild's treasure, raiding and looting everything in sight.

The Haras de Meautry farm of theirs, was also a racehorse breeding farm. And many of the horses, around 600 of them were sent to Hungry or Germany for breeding. James' prize winning horse, Brantôme was one such horse captured and sent to Germany. Brantôme was returned to James Rothschild just after the war in 1945.

Confiscated Collection

Artist: Hubert Robert Title: Rock Grotto with Antique Architecture Confiscated Collection: KRÄ 6 (Krämer Gallery, Paris)
Artist: Hubert Robert Title: Rock Grotto with Antique Architecture Confiscated Collection: KRÄ 6 (Krämer Gallery, Paris)
Artist: Hubert Robert Title: The Bridge Confiscated Collection: Sel 169 (previously Sel 156) (Seligmann, Paris)
Artist: Hubert Robert Title: The Bridge Confiscated Collection: Sell 169 (previously Sell 156) (Seligmann, Paris)
Artist: Hubert Robert Title: Hubert Robert presenting a portrait to Madame Geoffrin Confiscated Collection: WP 21 (Veil-Picard Collection, Paris)
Artist: Hubert Robert Title: Hubert Robert presenting a portrait to Madame Geoffrin Confiscated Collection: WP 21 (Veil-Picard Collection, Paris)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Young Girl with Poodle (La Gimblette) Confiscated Collection: St 1 (Jacques Stern Collection, Paris)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Young Girl with Poodle (La Gimblette) Confiscated Collection: St 1 (Jacques Stern Collection, Paris)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Salon Scene Confiscated Collection: R 861 (Alexandrine Rothschild Collection, Boulogne)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Salon Scene Confiscated Collection: R 861 (Alexandrine Rothschild Collection, Boulogne)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Pastoral Scene Confiscated Collection: R 360 (Rothschild Collection, France)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Pastoral Scene Confiscated Collection: R 360 (Rothschild Collection, France)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Pastoral Scene Confiscated Collection: R 361 (Rothschild Collection, France)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Pastoral Scene Confiscated Collection: R 361 (Rothschild Collection, France)
Artist: François Boucher Title: Mill at Charenton
Artist: François Boucher Title: Mill at Charenton

The Fortunate Art Work Found

American soldier inspects German loot stored in a church at Elligen, Germany, April 24, 1945
American soldier inspects German loot stored in a church at Elligen, Germany, April 24, 1945
Hermann Goering's art collection, stolen from museums across Europe, is stored temporarily in building near Berchtesgaden while being catalogued, June 9, 1945.
Hermann Goering's art collection, stolen from museums across Europe, is stored temporarily in building near Berchtesgaden while being catalogued, June 9, 1945.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, accompanied by General Omar Bradley and Lt. Gen. George Patton, Jr., inspects stolen art treasures
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, accompanied by General Omar Bradley and Lt. Gen. George Patton, Jr., inspects stolen art treasures
U.S. Soldiers examine Edouard Manet's "In the Conservatory," April 25, 1945
U.S. Soldiers examine Edouard Manet's "In the Conservatory," April 25, 1945

"In the Conservatory"

This is the picture stored in the mine shaft up above. Edouard Manat
This is the picture stored in the mine shaft up above. Edouard Manat

A Stolen Portrait

"In the Conservatory": Manet painted this double portrait of Mr and Mrs. Jules Guillemet in 1879.


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

"Rothschilds"

Evil people. These guys have been at a lot of crap for generations...and I mean generations!

Very interesting, RK, as always. I like your format, you are getting it down. =)

War...taking things that don't belong to you...like WaMu! ;)

Keep it up, you hawp sawks!


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

DId I spell it wrong again?

God I'm too tired to care. Hey I saw your email. Sorry I haven't replied. Haven't read it yet. Been busy! Busy!!! But I'll get to it. I will. Hey take it easy and be safe! Chow, Rolan


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

It's all good Rolan! Hope life dun get too stressed for ya!

Ciao. ;)


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a wonderful article and the photos of stolen objects of art and historic pictures really make this piece! What was done in the Nazi era with Hitler at the helm will live in infamy. Hope they continue to recover these stolen objects even if they can no longer be returned to the original owners due to time lapse and death.


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

Me too! They actually just found a new piece, lost in Hungary for over 60 years 2 weeks ago. Thanks Peggy for stopping by. Loved the Jesse James hub. It should be a hubnugget!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

How cruel and heartless and the recovery of each piece is appropriate! I hope Hitler's soul is rotten you know where, forgive me but he was an evil inhuman heartless human being and they did not have the right to steal art from anyone. Great article RK , I love history. :)


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

Thanks AE! Glad you stopped by.


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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Awesome article, RKHenry, including all the pictures. I hadn't realized such a portion of fine art pieces and valuables were stolen - wow, approximately 20% of the European art collection. I hope much more of the collection will be recovered in the near future.


 6 years ago

wow!!! you got all the arts stolen by the nazi...keep it up man!! wonderful


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RKHenry 6 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

Glad you enjoyed the hub man. Real glad. Yeah, I think it is important to realize what all was lost during that time period.

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