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Seth Givens found his research material in Ohio University’s Alden Library.
Seth Givens found his research material in Ohio University’s Alden Library.

History Student Finds World War II Accounts of Souvenir Hunting, Looting

When history enthusiast Seth Givens was an Ohio University undergraduate student, he discovered a unique collection of materials that features raw, unpolished military and civilian personal accounts of World War II. Only about 10 percent had ever been published.

When the time came for Givens to write his master?s thesis, he mined the collection for accounts of wartime souvenir hunting and looting. The U.S. military condones the former and prohibits the latter, but prior research often grouped the acts together. Read his story.