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Defending National Treasures: French Art and Heritage Under Vichy

Elizabeth Karlsgodt


This book explores the fate of art and cultural heritage during the Nazi occupation of France. The French cultural patrimony was a crucial locus of power struggles between German and French leaders and among influential figures in each country. The book examines the preservation policy that the Vichy regime enacted in an assertion of sovereignty over French art museums, historic monuments, and archeological sites. The limits to this sovereignty are apparent from German appropriations of public statues, Jewish-owned art collections, and key “Germanic” works of art from French museums. A final c ... More

Keywords: national treasures, French art, Vichy, Nazi occupation, art museums, monuments, statues, patrimania, art preservation, Jewish collections

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804770187
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Karlsgodt, author