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Otto Wittmann papers relating to the Art Looting Investigation Unit of the United States Office of Strategic Services, 1933-2000, bulk 1945-1946

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Otto Wittmann papers relating to the Art Looting Investigation Unit of the United States Office of Strategic Services
Series I. Reports related to art looting during World War II, 1944-1950 1.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Series I.A. Reports of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU), 1945-1946 1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
The primary work accomplished by the ALIU of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was to issue twelve Detailed Interrogation Reports (DIRs), three Consolidation Interrogation Reports (CIRS), and a Final Report, issued in May 1946, all of which are included in the collection of papers. Several other reports were prepared after Spring 1946, such as an unnumbered DIR on Hans Wendland, which was produced by Otto Wittmann in collaboration with Bernard Taper of the MFA&A and a report of the mission that Otto Wittmann accomplished between June and September 1946 in Europe.
To see online these reports and further descriptions of the mission of the ALIU, see the National Archives, where the reports were deposited, and related descriptions of these reports: https://www.archives.gov/ In particular, see: https://www.archives.gov/research/holocaust/art/oss-art-looting-investigation-unit-reports.html
Arrangement
Series I.A. Reports of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) is arranged into four groupings: Detailed Interrogation Reports (DIRs), Consolidated Interrogation Reports (CIRs), Final report; Other reports.
Detailed Interrogation Reports (DIRs), 1945-1946
Included here are DIR nos. 1-7, 9-13, which were issued by the ALIU. A DIR no. 8 on Kajetan Muehlmann's role in the organized German looting of art of Poland and the Netherlands was also contemplated, but became a US-Dutch collaborative endeavor that had not issued a report at the time of the ALIU's final report. A DIR no. 14 on Maria Dietrich was planned, but in the end not issued, with the account of her activities incorporated into CIR no. 4. A DIR no. 15 on Rose Bauer, the secretary of Kajetan Muehlmann, was contemplated, but ultimately not issued.
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3 1 DIR no. 1: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1945 July 1
Author: Theodore Rousseau, Jr. Lieutenant, USNR.
3 2 DIR no. 2: Ernst Buchner, 1945 July 31
Author: Theodore Rousseau, Jr. Lieutenant, USNR.
3 3 DIR no. 3: Robert Scholz, 1945 August 15
Author: J. S. Plaut, Lieutenant, USNR Director.
3 4 DIR no. 4: Gustav Rochlitz, 1945 August 15
Author: J. S. Plaut, Lieutenant, USNR Director.
3 5 DIR no. 5: Gunther Schiedlausky, 1945 August 15
Author: J. S. Plaut, Lieutenant, USNR Director.
3 6 DIR no. 6: Bruno Lohse, 1945 August 15
Author: Theodore Rousseau, Jr. Lieutenant, USNR.
3 7 DIR no. 7: Gisela Limberger, 1945 September 15
Author: Theodore Rousseau, Jr. Lieutenant, USNR.
3 8 DIR no. 9: Walter Andreas Hofer, 1945 September 15
Author: Theodore Rousseau, Jr. Lieutenant, USNR.
3 9 DIR no. 10: Karl Kress, 1945 August 15
Author: J. S. Plaut, Lieutenant, USNR Director.
3 10 DIR no. 11: Walter Bornheim, 1945 September 15
Author: Theodore Rousseau, Jr. Lieutenant, USNR.
3 11 DIR no. 12: Herman Voss, 1945 September 15
Author: S. L. Faison, Jr., Lieutenant, USNR.
3 12 DIR no. 13: Karl Haberstock, 1946 May 1
Author: Theodore Rousseau, Jr. Lt. Comdr., USNR.
3 13 Report A: Wildenstein
3 14 Report B: Adolf Wuester, 1945
3 15 Combined Index of Detailed Reports
Combined Index of Detailed Reports including Wildenstein (A) and Wuester (B); nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, A, B.
3 15 Indices
Indexes to DIR nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12; Index to Miedl Reports; B (Adolf Wuester)
Consolidated Interrogation Reports (CIRs), 1945
Included here are the three CIRs that were issued: CIR no. 1, 2, 4. The ALIU did not compile CIR no. 3 on German methods of acquisition, due to serious limitations in time and personnel, as stated in the unit's final report.
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1 1-2 CIR no. 1: Activity of the Einsatzstab Rosenberg in France, 1945 August 15
Author: J. S. Plaut, Lieutenant, USNR Director.
1 1 Index
1 2 Report
1 2 Attachments 1-19
1 3-11 CIR no. 2: The Goering Collection, 1945 September 15
Author: Theodore Rousseau, Jr. Lieutenant, USNR.
1 3 Index
1 2-8 Report
1 9-11 Attachments 1-70
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2 1-2 CIR no. 4: Linz: Hitler's Museum and Library, 1945 December 15
Author: S. L. Faison, Jr., Lieutenant, USNR.
2 1 Index
2 2 Report
2 3-6 Attachments 1-82
2 7 Supplement
Author: S. L. Faison, Jr. Lt., Comdr. USNR.
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3 16 Final report, 1946 May 1
Other reports, 1945-1946
Other reports, including reports prepared by Otto Wittmann and Bernard Taper after the ALIU had issued its final report in May 1946, are found here.
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3 17 Report on progress of special art loot investigation at Alt Aussee during the period 8-30 June 1945, 1945 June 30
Author: James S. Plaut, Lieutenant, USNR.
3 18 Report: Subject: Hans van Meegeren, 1945 November 8
3 19 DIR: Hans Wendland, 1946 September 18
Authors: Otto Wittmann, Jr. for SSU and Bernard Taper for MFA&A.
3 20 ALIU: Final mission to Europe (10 June 1946-24 September 1946), 1946 October 14
Author: Otto Wittmann, Jr.


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