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Hitler's art thief : Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis, and the looting of Europe's treasures
Ronald, Susan, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
xiv, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
"The world was stunned when eighty-year old Cornelius Gurlitt became an international media superstar in November 2013 on the discovery of over 1,400 artworks in his 1,076 square-foot Munich apartment, valued at around $1.35 billion. Gurlitt became known as a man who never was - he didn't have a bank account, never paid tax, never received social security. He simply did not exist. He had been hard-wired into a life of shadows and secrecy by his own father long before he had inherited his art collection built on the spoliation of museums and Jews during Hitler's Third Reich. The ensuing media frenzy unleashed international calls for restitution, unsettled international relations, and rocked the art world. Ronald reveals in this stranger-than-fiction-tale how Hildebrand Gurlitt succeeded in looting in the name of the Third Reich, duping the Monuments Men and the Nazis alike. As an "official dealer" for Hitler and Goebbels, Hildebrand Gurlitt became one of the Third Reich's most prolific art looters. Yet he stole from Hitler too, allegedly to save modern art. This is the untold story of Hildebrand Gurlitt, who stole more than art-he stole lives, too"--
Part I. The unmaking of the man -- New York, May 1944 -- At the beginning: Germany, 1907 -- From the Hague to Vienna -- Cause and effect -- War -- Gurlitt's struggle -- Peace -- Aftermath -- Weimar trembles -- Part II. Art and politics -- Rebels with a cause -- Hopes and dreams -- From New York to Zwickau -- The mysterious Mr. Kirchbach -- The root of evil -- Chameleons and crickets -- The first stolen lives -- Part III. World war and wilderness -- Chambers of horrors -- The four horsemen -- Tradecraft -- The treasure houses -- The posse years -- Swallowing the treasure -- Viau -- King Raffke -- Quick, the Allies are coming! -- Surrendered...or captured? -- Part IV. The stolen lives -- House arrest -- Under the microscope -- Düsseldorf -- Aftermath and Munich -- The lion tamer -- Feeding frenzy.
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