WOJENNE STRATY DZIEŁ SZTUKI KOŚCIOŁA KATOLICKIEGO W WIELKOPOLSCE
WARTIME LOSSES OF ART WORKS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GREATER POLAND
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The devastation and plunder suffered by the Catholic Church in Greater Poland during World War II affected buildings as well as all types of outfitting and equipment. Architectural objects were damaged in the course of wartime operations or pulled down upon the basis of decisions made by the Nazi occupation authorities. Certain monuments of art were gathered in storerooms or transported to the Reich, while the remaining objects were used for economic purposes or systematically destroyed. The effects of the ensuing damage, looting and scattering of works of sacral art are discernible up to this very day. Just as topical is the restoration of art works plundered during the second world war, which continue to remain outside the frontiers of Poland.
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