A Single Soldier Standing In Nazi Loot Stored In Castle Church, Bavaria, 1945 (Colorized)
Untold Pieces Of Priceless Literature Just Sitting There...
During World War II, the Nazis executed the most heinous mass slaughter of millions of people the world had ever seen. Obviously, those deplorable acts rightfully took precedent over the other massive Nazi crime in WWII: the looting and plundering of billions in art, gold, and valuables taken from the people they decimated. Wars and natural disasters always provide opportunities for the worst in humans. However, the Nazis took it to a whole other level of loathsome by systemically stealing priceless art, artifacts, and other treasures. Hitler envisioned his own Führermuseum, housing the great works taken from all over Europe.
People living all over the world are looking for "Nazi loot" or "Nazi Gold" every day, because with over $5 billion in value, it certainly feels like a safe alternative to a full-time job in this economy. But the amount of culture, humanity, and imprint of people's emotions we've erased with war and colonialism just shows the extent of the cultural erasure and how much cultural damage much even one war can bring into the art world of any country.