The Orpheus Clock

The Orpheus Clock

The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis

Book - 2015
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Presents the true story of the author's single-minded quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family, their beloved art collection, and to restore their legacy.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015
ISBN: 9781451697636
Characteristics: x, 353 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Mar 28, 2019

Fascinating book from an actual family member whose grandfather's extensive art collection was stolen by the Nazis. He tells his family's story and also his own story about tracking down the art collection--something he is still doing. In so doing, he tells he story (much like "Monument Men") about how and why the Nazis looted great works of art from conquered countries and especially Jews and the struggle to repatriate them to their rightful owners.
I find this particularly fascinating since my great-uncle came back from the war with a number of paintings which my parents bought from his widow, who fell on hard times. One of them allegedly hung in the Reichstag. As time went on, we began to question where he got them, as details were murky. We now have an art history researching the provenance of these paintings so they can be returned if they belong to someone else.
I also recommend "The Monument Men" to read first--it gives an overview. Then you read this as "one man's story." Unbelievable that such cultural rape could take place, besides all the other atrocities the Nazis committed.

ArapahoeKati Nov 06, 2016

Really enjoyed! Perfect for fans of "The Woman in Gold," "The Hare With Amber Eyes," and "The Monuments Men."


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