Hitler's Museum: The Secret History of Art Theft During World War II
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When the war's tide finally turned, Stalin exhibited the same behavior and had countless works of art taken from German art collections to the East. The Western allies tried their best to limit the damage. Equipped with lists of missing works of art, they searched for and rescued some of what Eisenhower called the great Symbols of Civilization .
This documentary relates the long and eventful journey of an exceptional masterpiece of European art: the Ghent Altar, created by van Eyck, which for the Belgian people represents a national shrine. No other stolen European work of art was brought to so many places and passed through so many hands. The Ghent Altar represents a case study in the history of the art pillaging that went on during the Second World War.
A film by Hannes Schuler
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The format did not cover the material as coherently as I had hoped for; the presentation jumped around a good bit, so at times the order things happened in wasn't as clear as it could have been.
I was also disappointed in the lack of depth in the material. While it did cover the Ghent Altarpiece, that was not what most of the time was spent on; it was almost a second thought. Overall the lack of cohesion was a serious problem. Sections were quite good, but overall it was most disappointing.