The Lost Museum
The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World's Greatest Works of ArtBook - 1997
Between 1939 and 1944, as the Nazis overran Europe, they were also quietly conducting another type of pillage. The Lost Museum tells the story of the Jewish art collectors and gallery owners in France who were stripped of rare works by artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, Cezanne, and Picasso. Week after week, thousands of crates of this art streamed from Paris into Germany, many stamped with a swastika and the words "Property of the Third Reich." Before they were through, the Nazis had taken more than 20,000 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from France. The pieces were cataloged, photographed, and shipped to Germany, often with the help of moving companies and friends and servants of the families themselves. The premium cultural spoils of war were destined for the museum of European art that Hitler planned to create in Austria, as well as for the private collections of Hitler, Goering, and other Nazi dignitaries. Looted Entartete Kunst - modern artworks - were sold into France and Switzerland's flourishing wartime art market.
From Library Staff
This book details the collections of five families whose private art collections were stolen from their properties by German officials during World War II, including private family photos of the artwork, some of which even made it into unknowing auction houses.
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