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.”
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.
Carla Shapreau quoted in Jweekly.com, December, 31, 2014
“Families often don’t know what their ancestors owned and lost under horrendous circumstances,” Shapreau says. “Facts vary. Things can be stolen. American claimants have to navigate foreign law. Until we know all the facts, it’s hard to move forward.”
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.
Carla Shapreau writes for The OREL Foundation, August 2014
Name by name, this diminutive yet chilling red-lined Nazi-era artifact [the AKM blacklist] was a prelude to evolving persecution in Austria for those in the musical world.
Carla Shapreau cited in The Washington Post, September 13, 2012
For Carla Shapreau, a co-author of the standard work on violin fraud and a professor of cultural property law at the University of California at Berkeley, the case is a textbook-quality introduction to the practice of due diligence.