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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important art book in a decade
Other books may relate how the Nazis plundered art, but this book actually led the world to do something about it. You know how you read in the paper all the time that some heir of a Holocaust victim is in a lawsuit to get back valuable paintings? It's directly a result of The Lost Museum. For fifty years, nothing happened in terms of restitution. Feliciano's...
Published on June 21, 2007 by Lisa

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3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story poorly told
Those of you who read Lynn Nicholas' astonishing The Rape of Europa will be disappointed by this book, which is in many ways a necessary supplement to Nicholas' spine-tingling work. The record of greed, fear, coercion and barbarism visible behind the glittering surface of the Parisian art world in the 1940's is a truly moving human story. The photographs, all of...
Published on June 3, 1999 by Bragan Thomas


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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story poorly told, June 3, 1999
This review is from: The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy To Steal The World's Greatest Works Of Art (Paperback)
Those of you who read Lynn Nicholas' astonishing The Rape of Europa will be disappointed by this book, which is in many ways a necessary supplement to Nicholas' spine-tingling work. The record of greed, fear, coercion and barbarism visible behind the glittering surface of the Parisian art world in the 1940's is a truly moving human story. The photographs, all of now-vanished works of modern art, provide a valuable record for the historian, as many of the lost works have never been published. Unfortunately, the book is nearly ruined by a flat and pedestrian writing style. The author may have taken years to write this book, and conducted hundreds of interviews, but one would never know that. Feliciano writes as if he were a USA Today reporter - utterly superficial treatments of serious issues and no sign whatsoever of any personal investment in the story. The art and personalities of the period deserved a better historian than Mr. Feliciano, I am sorry to say. Useful for the documentary information only.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important art book in a decade, June 21, 2007
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This review is from: The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy To Steal The World's Greatest Works Of Art (Paperback)
Other books may relate how the Nazis plundered art, but this book actually led the world to do something about it. You know how you read in the paper all the time that some heir of a Holocaust victim is in a lawsuit to get back valuable paintings? It's directly a result of The Lost Museum. For fifty years, nothing happened in terms of restitution. Feliciano's groundbreaking investigative research is what led museums to examine the provenance of their artwork, caused governments to change their statutes of limitations, and urged heirs to pursue artworks they assumed had long ago vanished.

I wish I could give it more than five stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really interesting part of WWII that I never knew before., April 2, 1998
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A fascinating story about another way the Germans persecuted the countries they conquered during WWII. The writing is not great and there are problems of a linear time-line, but overall an interesting read because it is very obvious the author did a lot of research into this seldom written about part of the war.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Big Hit in France? Go Figure..., July 7, 2008
This review is from: The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy To Steal The World's Greatest Works Of Art (Paperback)
This was a big hit in France when it came out, but as an English-language book it suffers by comparison to Lynn Nicholas's magisterial 'Rape of Europa,' a vastly better book on the same topic--better written and better researched. Feliciano takes what is, in and of itself, a fascinating, profound story and cheapens it with his overheated writing style. Also, he claims to have made a lot of new documentary discoveries--the Schenker papers, documenting the shipment of looted works within France--which aren't so new, as anyone who reads Nicholas's book knows. Those documents have been publicly accessible since the late 1970s. On the whole I would not recommend this book, but would recommend the Rape of Europa instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars German arrogance and art dealer greed in WWII., June 29, 1998
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A repititious summary of art work confiscations by the Nazis, particularly from Jewish galleries, during World War II. Plentiful accusations of greed by cooperating art dealers, including some famous names, during and after the war. The French government to this day has performed questionably in returning works by famous artists to their pre-war owners. The Swiss government, in harmony with its management of Jewish refugee bank deposits, has performed even worse. Over-all, a depressing litany of evil deeds in a poorly structured account of art world activity during the German occupation of France.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a narrow perspective, July 6, 2008
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This review is from: The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy To Steal The World's Greatest Works Of Art (Paperback)
The title of this work should have been something like "Knaves of Art: The complicity of the Paris art market in Nazi theft of Jewish art in World War II.". As such it is well enough told in an episodic way, highlighting through description the moral and ethical positions taken by many people who surely knew what was happening. The pictures of the art galleries disposed of and the pieces of art still missing bring forth both sadness and indignation. This book is not anything like a comprehensive study of the overall Nazi plunder of art which needs to be sought elsewhere. With a more honest title this book might have deserved four stars. Fault the publisher more than the writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars German arrogance and art dealer greed in WWII., June 29, 1998
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This review is from: The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy To Steal The World's Greatest Works Of Art (Paperback)
A repititious summary of art work confiscations by the Nazis, particularly from Jewish galleries, during World War II. Plentiful accusations of greed by cooperating art dealers, including some famous names, during and after the war. The French government to this day has performed questionably in returning works by famous artists to their pre-war owners. The Swiss government, in harmony with its management of Jewish refugee bank deposits, has performed even worse. Over-all, a depressing litany of evil deeds in a poorly structured account of art world activity during the German occupation of France.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, courageous and valuable book, June 12, 1998
Hector Feliciano has done a noble deed, exposing the seamy past of art world collaborators with Nazi Germany. Part detective novel, part thriller, part morality play, it is a "must-read" for anyone who has ever gone to an art museum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant work, April 23, 2011
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I've read the Lost Museum a number of times for research I am doing on this period. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in WW2 and the devastation caused by the Nazi's. As a fellow journalist I commend Mr. Feliciano for his painstaking work and battling on despite the odds. Bravo, cet oeuvre est un grand succès et je suis sur loin d'être fini. Nous attendons avec impatience la suite!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on a sad chapter in human history., August 3, 2013
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We all know of the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust in World War II. ([...]) What is less familiar is the systematic stripping of art from the Jews and any person considered undesirable to the Nazis, as well as plain old Nazi greed. The Lost Museum is an in depth look at the looting from personal and public collections and the fate of the artworks. A terrible, moving story that needs to be told.Recommended.
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