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Author Gensburger, Sarah.

Title Witnessing the robbing of the Jews : a photographic album, Paris, 1940-1944 / Sarah Gensburger ; translated by Jonathan Hensher with the collaboration of Elisabeth Fourmont.

Published Bloomington Indiana University Press, 2015.

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 UniM Bail  940.5318132 GENS    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Images d'un pillage. English
Physical description 216 pages ; 26 cm
Notes "This book focuses on an album containing eighty-five photographs preserved in the Federal Archives of Koblenz"--Chapter 2.
First published in French by Editions Textuel in 2010.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-211) and index.
Contents Paris, capital of plunder -- Looking at the past, witnessing history : the Koblenz album -- The photographs -- Photographs and traces of the past.
Summary The center of the art world before the war, Paris fired the Nazis greed. The discovery of more than 1,500 prized paintings and drawings in a private Munich residence, as well as a recent movie about Allied attempts to recover European works of art, have brought Nazi plundering back into the headlines, but the thievery was far from being limited to works of art. From 1942 onwards, ordinary Parisian Jews mostly poor families and recent immigrants from Eastern Europe were robbed, not of sculptures or paintings, but of toys, saucepans, furniture, and sheets. Witnessing the Robbing of the Jews tells how this vast enterprise of plunder was implemented in the streets of Paris by analyzing images from an album of photographs found in the Federal Archives of Koblenz. Brought from Paris in 1945, the photographs were cataloged by the staff of the Munich Central Collecting Point. Beyond bearing witness to the petty acts of larceny, these images provide crucial information on how the Germans saw their work. They enable us to grasp the "Nazi gaze" and to confront the issue of the relation between greed and mass destruction."
Language notes Translated from the French.
Other author Hensher, Jonathan, translator.
Fourmont, Elisabeth, translator.
Bundesarchiv (Germany)
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- France -- Paris.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- France -- Paris -- Pictorial works.
Jewish property -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century.
Jewish property -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- France -- Paris.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- France -- Paris -- Pictorial works.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- France -- Pictorial works.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Destruction and pillage -- France -- Pictorial works.
Jewish property -- France -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Deportations from France -- Pictorial works.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- France -- Pictorial works.
Jews -- France -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
Paris (France) -- History -- 1940-1944 -- Pictorial works.
History.
Pictorial works.
ISBN 9780253017338 (cloth : alkaline paper)
9780253017444 (paperback : alkaline paper)