Erhard Göpel

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lifetime 1906-1966
GND 116705000
Wikidata Q1350820
occupation art historian
operating at Paris

A trained art historian, Dr. Göpel officially started acquiring artworks for the Sonderauftrag Linz in May 1943. Together with Bruno Lohse, Göring’s agent at the Jeu de Paume in Paris serving as deputy director of the ERR in France, Göpel played a leading role in the acquisition of the Schloss collection. In April 1943, and in the absence of Dr. Hermann Voss, Director of the Sonderauftrag Linz, he took charge by authoring a lengthy telegram to Martin Bormann on the collection’s cultural value, its seizure, and its importance for the Sonderauftrag. Together with Lohse, Göpel selected 262 paintings for the Sonderauftrag and was charged with working on an inventory after the collection had reached the Jeu de Paume on 03 November 1943. In early December 1943, Göpel personally accompanied the transport of the collection to Munich, which was subsequently received by Hans Reger, the architect in charge of the Führerbau. In March 1944, Göpel secured two more paintings from the Schloss collection. After the end of World War II, Dr. Göpel defended his work for the Sonderauftrag and his involvement with the Schloss collection. This was especially evident in a 1953 written self-interpretation, in which he captured his understanding of a talk he had in 1951 with S. Lane Faison, the then director of the Munich Central Collecting Point (MCCP).

Literature: Christian Fuhrmeister, Erhard Göpel im Nationalsozialismus - eine Skizze, München: Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, January 2018. Online at: [about:blank urn:nbn:de:bvb:255-dtl-0000003675]   “Sammlung Schloβ” in Birgit Schwarz, Hitlers Museum. Die Fotoalben der Gemäldegalerie Linz, Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2004, pp. 77-78.   [about:blank Art Looting Investigation Unit], Final Report, p. 35.

Works written by Dr. Erhard Göpel can be found at: [about:blank]

Events Erhard Göpel has been involved in

  name2 Meeting between Lohse and Göpel at the Hotel Brighton in Paris 1943-04-01T00:00:00Z Power of attorney issued by Voss to Dr. Erhard Göpel 1943-04-03T00:00:00Z Meeting between Lohse and Göpel at Hotel Brighton in Paris 1943-04-19T00:00:00Z Meeting between Lohse, Voss, Fleischer and Dietrich in Munich 1943-04-25T00:00:00Z Variant - Competition between Lohse and Göpel 1943-04-26T00:00:00Z Telegram from Erhard Göpel to Martin Bormann regarding the Schloss collection 1943-04-26T00:00:00Z Letter from Rudolf Schleier to the German Foreign Office 1943-04-27T00:00:00Z Advice to German embassy in Paris from Frenzel regarding Göpel plan for the Schloss collection 1943-05-06T00:00:00Z Notification to Gerlach of Hitler's endorsement of Göpel 6-point proposal regarding the Schloss collection 1943-05-07T00:00:00Z Göpel request for notification about the arrival of the Schloss collection in Paris 1943-06-16T00:00:00Z Lefanc's version of events regarding the Louvre's actions to exercise the right of pre-emption on the confiscated Schloss collection 1943-08-17T00:00:00Z Gerlach assessment of potential German interest in the Schloss collection 1943-08-20T00:00:00Z Appraisal by Cornelius Postma of 320 paintings from the confiscated Schloss collection 1943-08-21T00:00:00Z Vichy approval for the sale of the remaining 252 paintings to the Germans 1943-08-27T00:00:00Z Göpel acquisition of 259 paintings from the confiscated Schloss collection for the Linz Museum 1943-09-04T00:00:00Z Upcoming visit of Hermann Voss to Paris in late September to oversee transfer of Schloss paintings to Germany 1943-09-15T00:00:00Z Göpel indicated to Voss that separated paintings are in French posession 1943-09-27T00:00:00Z Meeting between Göpel, Hummel, Klein and Müggel regarding the 50 million franc credit for acquiring the Schloss paintings for Linz 1943-10-16T00:00:00Z Gerlach asked Göpel to return to Paris 1943-10-22T00:00:00Z Valland confirmed transfer of 262 Schloss paintings to Jeu de Paume 1943-11-02T00:00:00Z Receipt of 262 Schloss paintings by Dr. Göpel for the Linz Museum 1943-11-03T00:00:00Z Göpel complaint to Reimer about work load 1943-11-15T00:00:00Z Collection sent to Munich and earmarked 'München Führerbau' 1943-11-19T00:00:00Z Göpel cleared to transport collection to Munich 1943-11-23T00:00:00Z First shipment consisted of 13 crates 1943-11-24T00:00:00Z Second shipment consisted of 12 crates 1943-11-24T00:00:00Z Göpel organized 14 frames for Schloss collection 1943-11-25T00:00:00Z Payment to the transport company Pusey regarding Schloss collection 1943-12-10T00:00:00Z Payment to R. Gauthier for photographing paintings from the Schloss collection 1943-12-10T00:00:00Z Payment to Firma Knauer for packing and transportation services 1943-12-10T00:00:00Z Confidential nature of list of Schloss paintings to show to Hitler 1943-12-21T00:00:00Z Receipt of two Schloss paintings by Dr. Oertel 1944-03-11T00:00:00Z Appearance of two Schloss paintings on the art market 1944-11-20T00:00:00Z Rose Valland briefing on Schloss collection 1944-11-25T00:00:00Z Altaussee to the MCCP, Schloss 273, 1945-07-15 1945-07-15T00:00:00Z Arrival of Schloss 273 at the MCCP 1945-07-15T00:00:00Z Arrival of Schloss 264 to the MCCP 1945-07-23T00:00:00Z A Schloss painting entered the MCCP 1945-07-23T00:00:00Z
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