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Very interesting story of how the Nazi regime systematically stripped a group of people of their identity and culture. Glad to see it finally being rectified despite the reluctance of collaborative countries. Gutsy version of the hare with th amber eyes!!!
Another amazing story of a Jewish att collection looted by the Nazis. But, in this case, an eventual happy ending, with many pieces ultimately returned to the heirs. However, also a reminder of how many parties after the war preferred to disregard original ownership in order to hold on to what they had, however dubiously acquired.
This book gets off to a difficult start, being somewhat heavy going at first. But the chapters that follow reveal how the actions of the Nazis impacted on lives post war and to the present day and quite recent news stories
"Hildebrand Gurlitt and his wife, Helene, had also taken refuge in the castle after their home in Dresden had been destroyed by Allied bombers. With them was their daughter, Renate, and their teenage son, the now notorious Cornelius Gurlitt, who had over fourteen hundred pieces of art hidden in his Munich apartment until it was discovered in March 2012. " Well worth a read
Heartrending story, illustrating how the persecution and exploitation of Jews is still an ongoing issue, practiced in a less obvious manner than by the Nazis, but somehow more perfidiously by justice, state and businesses all over the Western world. Non restitution of art-works by museums, private or public is scandalous.
I was absolutely hooked from the beginning of this book. It covers family history, a sense of what it must have been like living during the Nazi regime in Europe as well as how the big auction houses deal with provenance. A very worthwhile read.
This is an absolutely wonderful book - a great story but also a fascinating insight into not only one man's quest to find his family's lost art collection but also into the whole psyche of what drove these extraordinary people (the Gutmann family) and what led to their tragic end. It is also very poignant - i couldn't put it down. Great social history. The fact that Simon Goodman is so close to the events and the story only adds to its attraction. Go buy it!
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The history of his family is fascinating - the war years full of sadness and horror. Simon Goodman's determination and perseverance to find his family's artworks after so many years is amazing. It is easy to read and becomes a bit like a thriller as he tracks down a piece here and a piece there! It is a sad and poignant true story.