Carla Shapreau

The pillage of Europe’s bells

Carla Shapreau cited in Musicology Now, March 23, 2015

“Of the approximately 9,000 bells in the Netherlands before the war, an estimated 6,500 were seized, with approximately 1,840 returned after the war. The Third Reich shipped the bells to several German refineries; two of the largest were in the Hamburg area. The newer bells were the first to the smelter.”

A violin once owned by Goebbels keeps its secrets

Carla Shapreau writes for The New York Times, September 21, 2012

During the war musical manuscripts, printed music, books and instruments were confiscated, swept up as war trophies, lost or displaced under circumstances of crisis. A Nazi unit known as the Sonderstab Musik was among those tasked with such looting. Evidence of seizures and opaque transactions during the Nazi era are scattered in a sea of archival records in the United States and Europe.

Researcher’s mission to show Nazis’ silencing of music during Holocaust

Carla Shapreau cited in Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2014

A violin maker, attorney and lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Law, Shapreau is on a research mission to bring Nazi persecution of Jewish musicians to light. She looks for valuable musical instruments and collections of sheet music that the Nazis confiscated, and anything else that will add to the world’s store of knowledge about how Jewish musicians were hounded into emigration, silence or death.