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HONR.3300-303: Art and the Nazis

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nazis looking at sculpture, black and white photo
Goebbels views the Degenerate Art exhibition, 
Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H02648 ​CC BY SA

Welcome to Professor Fogle's Course, Art & the Nazis

Why were Hitler and the Nazis so obsessed with obtaining certain types of art? How/why did they condemn and destroy art and artists that did not meet the Nazi ideal? This course will explore these questions by illuminating the artistic and cultural policies imposed by the Third Reich from 1933-1945. Topics included (but not limited to) are: Degenerate Art in Germany and German-occupied territories, Nazi art and cultural ideology, Nazi-led art looting in France, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, and the Soviet Union and Allied retrieval and restitution of looted art



Required for the class: The Rape of Europa by Lynn Nicholas (New York: Vintage, 1995)

Recommended books at O’Leary Library:

The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany (Ebook)

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (On Reserve)

Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis (On Reserve)

The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved

Italy’s Art During World War II (On Reserve)

Degenerate Art: the fate of avant-garde in Nazi Germany (O’Leary Library)

Rescuing DaVinci (On Reserve)

Lost Lives, Lost Art (On Reserve)