PARIS — France’s World War II archives have helped produce an unusual art book: a catalog of more than 1,000 paintings, tapestries and sculptures amassed by senior Nazi official Hermann Goering — many of them stolen from Jews deported to death camps.
It’s an effort to remind modern readers of Nazi crimes, as the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles and European far right groups are stirring up nationalist sentiment.
The publication Wednesday could revive efforts to return artworks stolen by the Nazis to Jewish families. Many recovered their art after the war, but some items remain unclaimed.
The catalog covers 1,376 works by Italian, Dutch, French and German masters and includes Goering’s carefully maintained ledger.
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in the book’s preface, described the collection as “an odious hunting trophy.”