During and after World War II, the Allies sought to recover and restore the gold, foreign currency, art, cultural objects, and other wealth plundered by the Nazis. Yet despite a concerted effort by the war_s victors, there are large quantities of Nazi-looted assets that have never been found, including at least 100,000 works of art and an undetermined amount of non-monetary gold. Sheikdoms) and Yemen represent an area of great strategic interest to the U.S. The State Department central files document the controversial British presence and U.S. efforts to replace Britain as _protector_ in the Gulf region, and other historic issues. Among these are oil production and revenues, domestic unrest, threat of Arab nationalism.
This collection from the U.S. State Department Special Files at the National Archives reproduces Records of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Educational, Cultural, and Public Affairs, Part 4: Records Relating to the Tripartite Commission for the Restitution of Monetary Gold. Materials in this collection date from 1937 to 1996 and include correspondence, court documents, memoranda, news articles, reports, transcripts, and minutes of Tripartite Commission meetings. Many documents are in Czech, Dutch, French, German, and Italian.