The Newsletter 54 Summer 2010

Art collections in wartime in the Netherlands East Indies 1942-1945

Louis Zweers

In recent years, much has been written on the subject of art collections stolen during the German occupation of Holland during World War Two and the return of these artworks to the original owners or their heirs (such as the well-known collection of the Dutch art dealer Jacques Goudstikker). In occupied Europe works of art stolen by the Nazi’s and bought at bargain prices were transported to Germany. But what of the art collections in the former Netherlands Indies during the Japanese occupation? Louis Zweers reveals their fate.

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