On my last post I wanted to refer to an excellent source regarding Hitler's and the Third Reich involvement with art and particularly the raping of the art of occupied countries as an official policy of the regime.I have now found it. The reference is "Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics" by Frederic Spotts which relates the direction given by Hitler on the subject of artwork of overrun countries..........follows as below It was with the occupation of France in June 1940 that there fell into Hitler's hands some of the world's outstanding private art collections,many of them the property of Jews,in particular the Rothschilds-Edouard,Robert and Maurice.To forestall any transfer of ownership that would legally place artworks beyond German control,Hitler's first step after the armistice was to issue a decree declaring that"in addition to artworks of the French state,private artworks and antiquities,especially those belonging to Jews,should be taken into provisional custody by the occupation forces to prevent their removal or concealment......This is not confiscation but guardianship of property to be used as collateral in peace negotiations" In reality,outright vandalising began immediately.Otto Abetz,the German ambassador in Paris,set up special teams to seize the property of Jews who had fled.They were joined by a new organisation,the Einsatzstab (Operations Staff) Reichsleiter Rosenberg,which Hitler had authorised in July 1940.This organisation was an outgrowth of the Institute for the Jewish Question which Rosenberg had established a year earlier,with authority to confiscate libraries,archives and other property belonging to Jews,Freemasons and other enemies of National Socialism.In September 1940,it extended its mission into one of wholesale plundering of cultural property both in France and the Low Countries.Hitler gave Rosenberg his personal authority to seize any cultural objects considered of value and to ship them to Germany where he,Hitler, would decide what to do with them. The Einsatzstab,the Gestapo and other agencies pillaged at will from homes,businesses and bank vaults of Jews and anyone considered objectionable.The loot was taken to the Jeu de Paume,a pavilion built by Napoleon 111 on the site of an old tennis court (end of quote) Goering alone received 22 chests of jewellery ransacked from the Rothschild country houses.In all,the Einsatzstab seized 21.903 objects from 203 collections,the largest proportion being 5009 objects from the Rothschilds. I would say that Hildebrandt Gurlitt was probably a member of Einsatzstab Reichleiter Rosenberg and had access to objects d'art.He is on record as selling Posse,an art confidant of Hitler,four very expensive Beauvais tapestries as well as an important work of Lorenzo di Credi and drawings by Claude,Boucher and Poussin.Hitler's Press Secretary Otto Dietrich was also a keen buyer of art at this time...draw your own conclusions. Tit bits of information reveal that the authorities have said that the son Cornelius Guritt was a "night and fog" person..he is said to be not in any database as any other citizen would be.Further,the wife of Hildebrandt is said to have declared in the 1960s that all the Gurlitt artwork had been lost at Dresden.