The Fate of Nazi-Looted Art from Kyiv Museums in East Prussia

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

Please join the Harriman Institute Ukrainian Studies Program for a talk by Dr. Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, Senior Research Associate at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, on the tragic fate of major collections of art and icons from two Kyiv museums looted by the German occupants during World War II and transported to East Prussia, a story long suppressed under Soviet rule.

Dr. Grimsted is also an Associate of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and an Honorary Fellow of the International Institute for Social History (Amsterdam). She is perhaps best known for her directories of Soviet and post-Soviet Russian archives (including ArcheoBiblioBase on the Internet) and, since 1991, World War II displaced cultural property and restitution issues on the Eastern Front.

She is currently engaged in a long-term project on Cultural Heritage in Ukraine and World War II: The Continuing Saga of Plunder, Losses, Trophies, and Restitution. Dr. Grimsted is also known for her extensive directory of Ukrainian archives (Princeton, 1988); her monograph, TROPHIES OF WAR AND EMPIRE: The Archival Heritage of Ukraine, World War II, and the International Politics of Restitution (HURI, 2001); and most recently, RECONSTRUCTING THE RECORD of NAZI CULTURAL PLUNDER: A Survey of the Dispersed Archives of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) (IISH Amsterdam, 2011).

Co-sponsored by the Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian & East European Culture.