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Spoils of War Hardcover – February 1, 1997

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The ever-rapacious Nazis looted staggering quantities of great art and antiques from the nations they occupied. Much of it found its way back to Germany, and following the Allied victory, many thousands of rare (and some priceless) pieces were identified, and returned to the countries from which they had been taken. But not all of the paintings, statues, and archaeological treasures were recovered: Some were taken by Soviet troops and disappeared into Russia. Still others slipped into the black market in western Europe, and were snapped up by wealthy (if unprincipled) collectors. A 1995 symposium at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts brought together European and American investigators and historians to discuss both the the Nazi thefts and the current state of knowledge of the whereabouts of the many still missing treasures. Those papers are reprinted here. While the pieces are detailed, dry, and likely to be of most interest to specialists, there are some extraordinary stories, most prominently the description of the recent rediscovery of ``Priam's treasure,'' excavated by Schliemann at Troy and hidden since WW II in a Russian museum. (123 illustrations, 25 in color) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


Features records of a 1995 symposium on ownership of lost or stolen property during World War II. --Art In Focus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810944693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810944695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ms B on July 3, 2010
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was glad to find this scholarly book in such good condition & such a good price. arrived quickly
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