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The long-lost Hitler collection was discovered by a Jiri Kuchar, a Czech historian, tucked away in the depository of the convent in the small town of Doskany, which lies north of Prague.

Among the works of art is a massive painting entitled Memories of Stalingrad. Depicting wounded German soldiers sheltering in a trench as battle rages around them, the work of art is believed to be one of Hitler's favourites despite the catastrophic defeat inflicted on his armies at Stalingrad by Soviet forces.

As the war neared its end Hitler apparently ordered the paintings, which he had either bought or seized, to be hidden in a monastery in southern Bohemia. But American forces found them and took them to a central collection point for artefacts looted by the Nazis during the war, but then they disappeared and it remains unclear how they ended up in the convent.

In a statement the convent said it had no idea of the dark origins of the paintings, but added it intends to keep them.

Historians say the historical value of the collection far exceeds its artistic value although at auction it could fetch ?1.7 million.

The discovery may also not be the end of the story. Mr Kuchar explained that before it disappeared the collection in fact totalled 16 paintings, which means a further nine remain undiscovered but finding them could prove difficult owing to a desire to keep the past secret.

"I've got a feeling that many places will be reluctant to admit their favourite works of art have this unfortunate historical blemish," said the historian.end

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Sure there must be lots in Switzerland, in vaults of whatever. I can't imagine the amount of stuff that people have but never speak of in those sort of places. Will be secrets for some time to come.

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I'll bid on an Adolph painting. :laugh:

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How can they prove he painted it?

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^ He signed the paintings ... ?

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^ He signed the paintings ... ?

How do they know it's a genuine signing?

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^ Same with Da Vinci :shifty:

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How do they know it's a genuine signing?

Carbon dating. :)

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How can they prove he painted it?

Well he didn't

Hitler apparently ordered the paintings, which he had either bought or seized

It's his personal collection.

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any IG Farben tributes in those paintings? :D

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