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By Kenneth D. Alford

Looting has lengthy been well-known as one of many crimes dedicated by way of the 3rd Reich in the course of global battle II, a criminal offense which stripped financial wealth and creative treasures from the populations the Nazis terrorized. This historic textual content unearths the stunning quantity of looting through Allied forces, exploring their thievery opposed to the Germans and others. It follows the adventure of the Hungarian Crown Treasure from a muddy oil drum in Austria to fortress Knox and again to Hungary, and discusses various misplaced treasures starting from worthy artwork works to infrequent manuscripts, together with the earliest identified printing by means of the Gutenberg press.

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Canton, the investigator, why it was necessary to make this second statement. Owen had to have been tipped off by his former comrades about the investigation and made a lengthy statement regarding his arrival in Trebsen, Germany, and his duties in taking care of the sick and wounded in the paper factory that had been converted into a hospital. He told of moving into Anton Wiede’s home, and now his story changed from the original. It continues: One entire floor of this factory was utilized as a large ward, and the business offices were utilized to house the doctors and nurses.

The large dwelling consisted of seven rooms, two kitchens, a cellar, and an attic. The CIC agents remained with the Menger family for several weeks and then, in January, the detachment left for Germany. Apparently Senter developed a friendly relationship with the Menger family, as we shall see later. 4 This German offensive at Ardennes, which Hitler had hoped would catch the Allies off guard, included a second offensive attacking southward toward the Seventh Army. This was the battle of the Colmar Pocket.

He was stationed at an ammunition depot located near the town of Altenheim, three miles west of Trebsen. On the average of two to three nights a week he would visit the 273rd Regimental Headquarters building for the purpose of playing bridge. McConnell further stated he had no knowledge of a large and valuable stamp collection being missing, but he had observed Maj. Charles Owen to be in possession of a large number of sheets of Hitler stamps. When McConnell commented about them, the major replied that he had lots more.

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