Hermann G ring and the Nazi Art Collection: The Looting of Europe's Art Treasures and Their Dispersal After World War II

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McFarland, Apr 4, 2012 - History - 269 pages
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During World War II, the Nazis plundered from occupied countries millions of items of incalculable value estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Spearheaded by Hermann Goring the looting program quickly created the largest private art collection in the world, exceeding the collections amassed by the Metropolitan in New York, the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris and the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow. By the end of the war, the Nazis had stolen roughly one-fifth of the entire art treasures of the world. This book explores the formation of the Nazi art collection and the methods used by Goring and his party to strip occupied Europe of a large part of its artistic heritage.
 

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User Review  - highland65 - LibraryThing

I'm always diligent about completing the book before writing a review. This is an exception. Please don't release this book yet - it would be an embarrassment to the author and the publisher. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - pbadeer - LibraryThing

This is a poorly written work covering an important footnote to history - the theft and return of works of art during war time. While I received this book as part of Early Reviewers, there is nothing ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
1 Görings Life Summary
3
2 Prewar Art
15
3 Görings Personal Staff
19
4 Art Dealers in Germany
27
5 The Annexation of Austria
39
6 The Invasion of Poland
45
7 Einsatzstab Rosenberg in France
48
14 The Art Market in Switzerland
115
15 Art Dealers in Switzerland
117
16 Görings War Wealth
124
17 The Flight from Berlin
128
18 Görings Capture
137
19 The US Acquires the Hermann Göring Art Collection
146
20 The Missing Paintings
154
21 Munich Collection Point
162

8 Art Dealers in France
61
9 The Art Market in Holland
72
10 Art Dealers in Holland
75
11 The Art Market in Belgium and Luxembourg
95
12 The Art Market in Italy
101
13 Art Dealers in Italy
105
Conclusion
181
Appendices
183
Chapter Notes
250
Bibliography
257
Index
259
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About the author (2012)

Kenneth D. Alford is an internationally recognized historical consultant for television productions involving Nazi looting and is the author of several books. Retired from a career in banking, he lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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