Note 031
by Joachim C. Fest

31 Schwerin von Krosigk, Es geschah in Deutschland; also Sommerfeldt, Ich war dabei. In 1943 Goring had himself presented by the city of Berlin with a Van Dyck worth 250,000 reichsmarks; see Rudolf Semmler, Goebbels - the Man next to Hitler. Ulrich von Hassell mentions 'a Sèvres service' of 2,400 pieces, given by three industrialists. Cost: 500,000 reichsmarks. A French hunting lodge, stolen in France and destined to be placed on one of Goring's hunting estates, three medieval statues, valued at 16,000, 17,000 and 18,000 reichsmarks Gritzbach [adjutant to Goring] had telephoned Schmitt and mentioned the statues in case he was at a loss as to what to give. Schmitt gave them, too, obedient fellow that he is' (The Von Hassell Diaries,1938-1944 ).

From Chapter 6, Hermann Göring , Part 2 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest -- See further Notes

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