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Bruno Lohse

German Nazi art dealer, chief art looter in Paris for Hermann Göring, ERR

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17 September 1911Gregorian
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Lohse had been handed over to the French and spent two years in a Paris jail. Following a brief trial in 1950, he managed to return to Germany, where he was first confined to the French zone in Baden-Württemberg and then settled in Munich. Because Lohse did not go through denazification, he was not licensed to work as an art dealer; he therefore described himself as an art “adviser.” (English)
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Lohse, Dr Bruno. Nuremberg. Deputy Chief of ERR, Paris. In custody of US Chief of Counsel, Nuremberg. Recommended for transfer to French custody for further interrogation and confrontation with French accomplices. (English)
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Lohse's principal connections in the Paris art market were the following: 1) Allen Loebl: Jewish director of the Galerie GARIN formerly KLEINBERGER). LOHSE stated that he had met LOEBL through Wilhelm Jakob MOHNEN (see O.S.S/A.L.I.U "Interim Report on German Looting of Works of Art in France", dated 15 April 1945), shortly after he had arrived in Paris; and that he had made an agreement with LOEBL, protecting him against anti-Jewish action, in return for which LOHSE received first option for GOERING on any works of art passing through LOEBL's hands. In addition, he secured the release of LOEBL's broghterm, Manon, from the concentration camp at Drancy on two occasions (English)
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Wuester, Adolf. Bernau, Bavaria Bonn Schloesel. Painter and amateur dealer, long-time pre-war resident of Paris. Chief agent in France for acquisition of works of art for Ribbentrop. Intimate contactws with von Behr and Lohse. Acted as expert for ERR on French 19th century painting. Appointed art adviser to the German Embassy on 16 July 1942, with the rank of Consul. Involved in two exchanges with the ERR. With Rochlitz, probably the leading intermediary for German official buyers in the Paris art market. (English)
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Boitel, Achilles (deceased). Paris, 6 rue de Teheran/11 bis rue Ampere. Wealthy French industrialist and speculator, who acted as Wendland’s French agent after the Swiss made it impossible for him to leave that country. Chief financial figure in the Wendland, Lohse, Perdoux art dealing syndicate. Worked with Lohse and Hofer, and was a good friend of von Behr. (English)
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24 November 2018
Car le coffre n°5, loué en 1978 par Bruno Lohse, célèbre historien d'art allemand, mort en mars à Munich, à l'âge de 95 ans, n'abrite rien d'autre qu'un butin de guerre. "Voleur en chef" du maréchal du IIIe Reich, Hermann Göring, qui avait une confiance absolue en ses goûts et connaissances, Lohse eut en effet pour mission pendant la seconde guerre mondiale d'enrichir le patrimoine artistique du bras droit d'Hitler en dépeçant, en particulier en France où la Galerie du Jeu de paume était son repère, les collections privées de familles juives. (French)
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