The protection of German historic buildings during the Second World War: an american perspective

Journal title STORIA URBANA
Author/s Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/129 Language Italian
Pages 30 P. 195-224 File size 197 KB
DOI 10.3280/SU2010-129008
DOI is like a bar code for intellectual property: to have more infomation click here

Below, you can see the article first page

If you want to buy this article in PDF format, you can do it, following the instructions to buy download credits

Article preview

FrancoAngeli is member of Publishers International Linking Association, Inc (PILA), a not-for-profit association which run the CrossRef service enabling links to and from online scholarly content.

In the essay, the initiatives of Allied government for protection of European historic buildings during the Second World War are analyzed, with particular regard to Germany. Thanks to the analysis of documentation stored in American archives, the author reveals the efforts of some non-military associations, which counted some of the most famous scholars all over the world. The aim of these associations was to provide a precise documentation - a sort of inventory - of historic and artistic European heritage, classified in order of importance, to military authorities who where in the battlefield. In Germany, in spite of the care in working them out, the inventory was practically useless, because of the destructive strategy of area bombing. The military task forces, who were expressly trained to deal with protection of artistic, architectonic and bibliographical heritage in war heritage - the so-called Advisors of monuments - could use inventories only to certify the destruction of those monuments which had been recorded in the lists, and to verify the amount of war damage. They rarely made provision for urgent repairs to damaged heritage.

Keywords: Allied government, Protection, Historic buildings, Germany

Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, La protezione dei monumenti in Germania durante la seconda guerra mondiale: una prospettiva americana in "STORIA URBANA " 129/2010, pp 195-224, DOI: 10.3280/SU2010-129008