Nazi Plunder

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The Nazi Plunder

The Nazi Plunder was the mass theft of valuable items, most notably, art during the reign of the Third Reich by Hitler's army. The plunder was almost systematic looting of all European towns and cities that had been overtaken by the Germans during the latter part of the Second World War. The Nazi Plunder stole all manner of things from gold and cash to ancient and modern art that depending on the painter, would either be destroyed or it would be stored for safe keeping. Plundering occurred from 1933 until the end of the Second World War, all happening in Europe. Most of the looting was done by German special military units known as the Kunstschutz. The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program (MFAA) and their agents were mostly responsible for the recovering of this art, but, still to this day, there is still plunder that remains unaccounted for, with people internationally joining in on the search.