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National Archives unveils donated ‘Hitler album’

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A photo album depicting troves of precious art works looted by the Nazis during World War II was donated Thursday to the National Archives, America’s repository of historical artifacts.

The album is one of 39 “Hitler albums” — essentially a catalogue of art confiscated by troops operating under orders from Der Fuerher.

The book contains photos of looted paintings and other cultural artifacts swiped from France.

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The album was given to the National Archives at a ceremony that fell on the anniversary of the war’s end in Europe.

The event was attended by Harry Ettlinger, 88, one of six surviving soldiers from a U.S. army unit tasked with recovering thousands of art works confiscated by the Nazis.

The album showed page after page of black and white photographs, images, in this case, of artwork stolen from France. The leather-bound book was recovered from one of Hitler’s homes.

The album was donated to the National Archives by the “Monuments Men” Foundation, whose mission is to disseminate the story about the lost works of art and the Allied soldiers who helped recover them.

The story of the military’s art recovery units was popularized in the movie The Monuments Men, written by and starring George Clooney. The film opened across US movie screens in February.

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The photo albums served as important evidence of Nazi crimes, and were used at war trials to show the extent of pillaging and looting carried out by the Nazis during the war.

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WATCH: Protesters chant ‘Eat the Rich’ while marching down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

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Protesters in Los Angeles marched down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on Saturday in protest of police violence.

The protest was one of dozens being held across America following the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Protesters could be heard chanting, "Eat the Rich."

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Trump Tower is ‘under siege’ as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president’s building

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Protesters marched on Trump Tower in Chicago on Saturday, as Chicago police in riot gear and on horses defend the president's building.

State police were deployed to the scene to back up local police, who are reportedly arresting protesters.

On video showed protesters taking a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Actor John Cusack was among those documenting the protest.

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