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Third U.S. Army discovers looted art treasures hidden by Nazis in a salt mine.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 49978

Third U.S. Army discovers looted art treasures hidden by Nazis in a salt mine.

The original caption reads: "Priceless art treasures and what is believed to be the entire gold reserve of the German Reichebank were discovered in a salt mine in Merkers, Germany, by troops of the 90th Division, Third U.S. Army, April 7, 1946. The day after the capture of the mine, south of Mullhausen, Third Army engineers blasted a hole through a brick wall of an underground vault and found original paintings by Raphael, Rembrandt, Van Dyke and Durer as well as Goethe manuscripts."

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: Sergeant Harold Maus of Scranton, Pennsylvania, examines a painting by the 18th Century Spanish arist Goya, Above the art treasure is a stencil for Hitler signs, U. S. Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-32060.

Date
1945 April 07
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Eaton
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Record last modified: 2014-01-28 00:00:00
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