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Stealing Home: Looting, Restitution, and Reconstructing Jewish Lives in France, 1942-1947

Shannon L. Fogg


Between 1942 and 1944, the Germans sealed and completely emptied at least 38,000 Parisian apartments. The majority of the furnishings and other household items came from “abandoned” Jewish apartments and were shipped to Germany. After the war, Holocaust survivors returned to Paris to discover their homes completely stripped of all personal possessions and often occupied by new inhabitants. In 1945, the French provisional government established a Restitution Service to facilitate the return of goods to wartime looting victims. Though time-consuming, difficult, and often futile, thousands of peo ... More

Keywords: looting, spoliation, restitution, reconstruction, Jews, Holocaust, apartments, Paris, postwar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198787129
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198787129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shannon L. Fogg, author
Professor and Chair, Department of History and Political Science, Missouri University of Science and Technology