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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers; First Edition edition (May 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156649253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566492539
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent, well-written, meticulously-documented book (531 pages) of a terrible aspect of the Nazi invasions of Europe. Hitler wanted to build the biggest, greatest museum in the world, and he instituted a shockingly horrendous plan to do so. Steal the art collections of as many museums and rich families as possible. Hermann Goering helped by finding the greatest Old Masters that he could send back to Germany, sometimes stealing a few of them for his own collection, proving again that there's no honor among thieves, especially Nazi thieves.

The Nazis were ruthless in their quest to possess everyone else's great art treasures. Confiscate a valuable collection from a rich Jewish family. Separate the Old Masters from the degenerate art (Picasso, Chagall, Gaugin) and then offer to trade a few of these degenerate paintings for someone else's Old Master. The authors point their fingers at many different guilty people. The Nazis are hiding the loot in various repositories. Then the US Military eventually finds the repositories and soldiers steal items themselves (the thought of soldiers deliberately smashing priceless porcelain china once owned by royalty is especially shocking), and then the Russians approach from the East and put entire repository contents into train cars that go back to Russia, where lots of the loot still remains hidden away. The authors give detailed accounts of how the huge collections were stolen, dispersed, stolen from, sold and resold. That some priceless paintings have never been found is just another depressing aspect of this depressing story.

If you love great art, your heart will break as time and time again, you read about a valuable painting that was obviously stolen and was then resold.
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Excellent source for historical background on the looting of European art before, during, and after World War II. Excellent book.
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