ERR Archival Guide

Reconstructing the Record of Nazi Cultural Plunder: A Guide to the Dispersed Archives of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) and the Postwar Retrieval of ERR Loot

Patricia Kennedy Grimsted

After the Second World War, original ERR documents were widely dispersed and today are held in over 40 repositories in 10 countries. Written by the preeminent expert on WWII displaced archives, this Guide documents the current locations of remaining ERR files and related sources, details their contents, and provides links to the many now online. The Guide also describes considerable documentation including the subsequent fate, postwar retrieval, and restitution of ERR loot.

The following parts of the Guide are now available on this website:

NEWLY LAUNCHED

Chapter 3: Germany

Augmented in cooperation with the Bundesarchiv Koblenz with attached, hyperlinked digital files from Bestand B 323 (Treuhandverwaltung für Kulturgut, TVK), containing original ERR inventories of looted art from France, Belgium, and the USSR, and related documentation about the fate and restitution of ERR loot.


The original edition was published in 2011 (no longer online) under the title of Reconstructing the Record of Nazi Cultural Plunder: A Survey of the Dispersed Archives of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) by the International Institute for Social History, whose own massive Amsterdam and Paris archival collections were plundered by the ERR and whose building on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam was used for the ERR headquarters in the Netherlands. The earlier chapters covering Lithuania, Russian Federation, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom will soon be posted here, pending completion of updated versions.

This entire ERR project is funded by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference).

This page last updated 2019-10-22

A map showing the activities of the ERR in occupied Europe.
A map showing the activities of the ERR in occupied Europe.
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A map showing the activities of the ERR in occupied Europe.