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Spoliation of Works of Art during the Holocaust and World War II Period: Progress Report on UK Museums' Provenance Research for the Period 1933-1945

In early 2000, experts in Britain released a list of approximately 350 works of art in British museums with hazy provenances, and which may have been stolen from European Jews and others by the Nazis. Worth millions of dollars, the suspect art includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Cezanne, and many others. At the National Museum Directors' Conference Spoilation site, users can read the full...

https://www.nationalmuseums.org.uk/what-we-do/contributing-s...
World War II Maps

Posted by the History department at the University of San Diego, this site makes available over 100 strategic maps from World War II. All the major theaters of conflict are represented here from Asia and the South Pacific to Northern Africa, Europe, and the Battle for the Atlantic. Thumbnail versions of the maps are listed in chronological order beginning with a 1939 map of Gibraltar and ending...

http://sunnycv.com/steve/WW2Timeline/Maps.html
Arthur Szyk: Artist for Freedom

Posted March 3, this Website from the Library of Congress Swann Gallery of caricature and cartoon features the work of Arthur Szyk (1894-1951), "one America's leading political artists during World War II, when he produced hundreds of anti-Axis illustrations and cartoons in aid of the Allied war effort." Szyk produced both illuminations and caricatures, and the site features a selection of fifteen...

https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/szyk/
They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II

This site is a companion to a new PBS film documenting the experiences and work of the more than 100 servicemen and civilians who served as combat artists in the Second World War. Serving or living with combat, medical, and other units of the armed forces, these artists produced over 12,000 drawings and paintings, many of which have not been seen since the war. At the site, users can browse a...

http://www.pbs.org/theydrewfire/
World War II Navy Art: A Vision of History

This site documents the experiences and work of the more than 100 servicemen and civilians who served as combat artists in the Second World War. Serving or living with combat, medical, and other units of the armed forces, these artists produced over 12,000 drawings and paintings, many of which have not been seen since the war. An exhibit from the Navy Art Gallery highlights the work of eight Navy...

https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/art/exhibits/co...
Shared Experience: Art & War

The use of artistic expression to convey the experience of war and the battlefield has been around since antiquity, and has given rise to glorious poetry, epic stories, and more recently, paintings. This online exhibit created by the people at the Australian War Memorial presents the experiences of Australians, Britons, and Canadians in the Second World War through paintings created during this...

https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/sharedexperience
Provenance in the World War II Era, 1933-1945

"Provenance is the history of ownership of an artwork or other artifact and provides important information about the attribution (determination of authorship) of the object." The Smithsonian Institution is doing time-consuming detective work to determine if certain objects in their collections were wrongfully taken during World War II by Nazis. Clicking on "What is Provenance Research?" at the...

https://www.si.edu/spotlight/a-guide-to-provenance-research-...