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