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The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War Paperback – May 1995

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679756868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679756866
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What happened to Europe's art collections during the second world war? For those who were alive at the time, and those who have been born since, the answer turns out to be absolutely fascinating. There were crimes, there were deceits, there were valiant attempts at saving collections, items were stolen and 'acquired' by Hitler and his acolytes, by natives of other nations both involved in the conflict and not. Military history may or may not interest you, but this account, which is extremely well researched, adds colour to the reality of inter-national conflict where great works of art become the hostages to conquerers and bystanders alike. Fabulous read. Nicholas should be congratulated for the painstaking work necessary to produce this incredibly informative tome.
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This highly researched volume contains a detailed review of what happened across Europe during the last war to famous art masterpieces which had been purloined by the axis powers and distibuted among Germany's hierarchy. The connivance and cooperation falls upon many dealers in many occupied countries who devastated collections for gain and the author is to be congratulated in her absorbing doggedness in highlighting what happened to these items during and subsequently after the war. we have moved on since the nineties at the end of her book but the recriminations still continue regarding restitution of works to their rightful owners. This book is an enjoyable tour de force.
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Even for those who have read widely about the Nazis, the industrial scale looting of works of art is a surprise. The book is outstandingly well researched and is strong not merely on the looting and the recovery but also the return of items to their rightful owners. The competition between Hitler and Goering is fascinating.

There are a few very minor complaints. The book is a little American-centric. There is very little about the British Army's discovery of Nazi repositories. At times the book can read like a list with too much detail. The index is a little hit and miss, particularly on tangible objects such as the Trojan Gold.

Nonetheless, it is an outstanding book and the starting point for all those interested in the subject.

A final word. The film The Monuments Men is a pale shadow of the book. Seeing the film is no substitute whatever for the book.
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comprehensive & rigorously annotated history of nazi art looting from its inception to its recovery by the "monuments men." superb organization of a sprawling subject. dense but thrilling reading for history connoisseurs.
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Fantastic, gripping, great, erudite book on modern art history. Must read for all interested in art! Lots to learn from it!
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