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The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War Paperback – April 25, 1995
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But the underlying Nazi menace is only a part of the suspenseful undertone in this book. The various heart-wrenching stories of the brave souls who tried to protect and salvage the many works of art (on both sides surprisingly) are what give this account a real kick. To me the accounts on the Soviet front were especially remarkable.
My only complaint is that since I am not, as I suspect the majority of the readers are not, art historians, the significance of many of these works directly mentioned is lost. I would like to have seen more pictures of the art work in question. (I have uncovered a documentary in the works based on this book which might allieviate some of this problem, but until then...)
For those interested in the history of World War II and who might have exhausted the typical military accounts, I highly recommend this alternate angle into Nazi repression and its effect on those who lived through it. Heck, I recommend this for anyone who enjoys history.
It may sound like a bizarre comparison, but the "Grinch" of Dr. Seuss fame came to mind while reading. The fictional character like his Nazi counterparts attempted to wipe out a culture by taking everything. The list of names of Artists includes every Master that ever painted, sculpted, drew, or any artisan who created a work of beauty. Nothing was overlooked; imagine having to return over 5,000 bells stolen from all over Europe. Yes, bells, as I said they took everything.
The book has some great photographs. There is a photo of one of the Goering residences and the Art he had stolen. It may sound bizarre but it looks like a bad yard sale. Any taste he had was in his mouth. It's quite a feat to amass priceless objects, and then display them in such a way and in such numbers, that the result is a garage sale. The picture also illustrates what the whole theft was about, the desire to have stuff, all the stuff you could steal.Read more ›
I was overawed by the preparation which was undertaken by both the Allies and the Axis forces pror to , during, and after WWII! This was one of two books I used for a report on Stolen Art. The only reason I rated this one as four stars is that it was sometimes difficult to plough through Chapter IX (The Red Hot Rake)- the rest of the book was absolutley fascinating. I would include another book -"The Lost Museum" by Hector Feliciano. "The Lost Museum" was easier to read and equally fascinating and portrayed the removal of the art from The Louvre in such a manner that it left me breathless! Read Both!
*** The appropriation of great works of art may not be a crime equal to the holocaust of human lives, but we can begin to grasp the progression of tyranny in stolen property and the systematic imposition on everyday lives. It is a story that doesn't have complete resolution. Even today, works of art remain missing or await return to their rightful owners. Many treasures were destroyed, however, and will never return. It is a haunting echo of other, more heinous war crimes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though there are many updates, this is still the fundamental book about the Nazi art thefts and the efforts to recover stolen work.Published 6 days ago by N. Hamerman
Book is historical basis for movie The Monuments Men. Compelling story of art, war, and the men who make both.Published 26 days ago by Britt Allgood
This is a review of the KINDLE FORMAT of this book. The book itself would receive 5 stars; it's a classic in the fields of museum studies, art history, and history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ARB
A very detailed analysis of the damage to European culture attempted by Hitler's Nazi Germany. And an equally detailed story of how these 300-some allied cultural services... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fedoradude
This book deserves the best review I can write! I found it after the Monuments Men movie was recommended and it is amazing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by teacher of kids
An inside look at the unique blend of greed and corruption of the Nazi regime from a novel perspective. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Feesey