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Art As Politics in the Third Reich Paperback – February 22, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0807848098 ISBN-10: 0807848093 Edition: 1st

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A masterpiece of "real historiography based on extensive research in primary sources concerning National Socialist Art policy throughout the globe."Contemporary Austrian Studies"

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"A masterpiece of 'real' historiography based on extensive research in primary sources concerning National Socialist Art policy throughout the globe."--Contemporary Austrian Studies

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (February 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807848093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807848098
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. Previously, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1990), where he also had an appointment as a Lecturer in History. He began working on the subject of Nazi art looting and restitution in 1983, when he commenced my graduate work in history and art history. He is the author of _Art as Politics in the Third Reich_ (University of North Carolina Press, 1996); _The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany_ (Oxford University Press, 2000); and _Royals and the Reich: The Princes von Hessen in Nazi Germany_ (Oxford University Press, 2006); as well as co-editor of a number of volumes, including _A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies_ (University of Michigan Press, 1997), and _Gray Zones: Amibuity and Compromise in the Holocaust and its Aftermath_ (Berghahn Books, 2005). He has also helped organize art exhibitions, including _Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany, which opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1991_ and appeared in a number of films, including _Rape of Europa_ (2006).

From 1998 to 2000, he served as Research Director for Art and Cultural Property on the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, where he helped draft the report, Restitution and Plunder: The U.S. and Holocaust Victims' Assets (2001). In this capacity as Research Director, he supervised a staff of researchers who combed archives in the United States and Europe in order to understand better how representatives of the U.S. government (including the Armed Forces) handled the assets of Holocaust victims both during and after the war. As Research Director, he provided expert testimony to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport in the U.K. House of Commons and to the Banking and Finance Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

He has served as an expert witness in a number of cases where Holocaust victims have tried to recover lost artworks. This includes Altmann v. Austria, which involved five paintings by Gustav Klimt claimed by Maria Altmann and other family members. Mrs. Altmann was born and raised in Vienna and her family had its art collections seized after the Anschluss.

He lives with his family in Claremont, California.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By glitzqueen on July 7, 2000
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As the author notes, this work began as a doctoral dissertion at Harvard, and that quality of research is apparent on virtually every page. It fairly bristles with little-known facts, including quite a few significant details found nowhere else in the growing body of literature on the Nazi looting machine. In its field, "Art as Politics in the Third Reich" is the greatest eye-opener since Lynn Nicholas produced the first of them, her masterful "The Rape of Europa." Though not as stylishly written as hers, it's very readable and extremely well-organized.
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