Hitler's Art Thief Paperback – 13 Feb 2017
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"[A] riveting portrait of Gurlitt, who detested the Nazis, and stole from them, but did their bidding in the name of 'saving modern art'." --The New Yorker
"Susan Ronald tells the back story of what may be the most startling art-world bust in modern history." --USA Today
"One man's extraordinary career of thievery . . . an exhaustively researched and well written book that has a cautionary tale for all of us." --Forbes
"Ronald situates Gurlitt's life and career amid the turmoil of Weimar Germany and then the evolution of Nazi art-looting campaigns from the late 1930s to the end of World War II, [adding] many new details about Gurlitt's dealings." --The Wall Street Journal
"Another chapter in the unfolding story of Holocaust art and its provenance, Hitler's Art Thief provides the background of a story that came to light when more than a thousand works of art, valued at more than $1.35 billion, were found in a tiny Munich apartment." --The Jewish Week
"Outstanding . . . Hitler's Art Thief brilliantly examines the motivating forces, both internal and external, that led Hildebrand Gurlitt to go work for the Führer." --The Jerusalem Post
"Absolutely gripping from start to finish. Susan Ronald holds nothing back as she lays bare in merciless detail the cunning, greed and hypocrisy that allowed Hitler's willing accomplices, like the notorious Hildebrand Gurlitt, to feed off human misery to their heart's content. Everyone should read this book." --Amanda Foreman, bestselling author of A World on Fire and
columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Smithsonian Magazine
"Experts are still piecing together this complex history (and restituting the stolen works). Ronald's sweeping, and indeed, galloping narrative, breaks new ground in helping to understand this fascinating figure and the historical context in which he operated." --Jonathan Petropoulos, author of Royals and the Reich and John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College
"A thrilling voyage into the largest theft in history that started during early Nazi terror and went dormant after the war. . . . A must-read masterpiece, exposing the unsavory reality of the insatiable Nazi greed for art and the continuing resistance to return artifacts to the victims." --Mel Urbach Esquire, International Holocaust Restitution Lawyer and Lecturer
"Susan Ronald has written what will prove to be one of, if not the, definitive accounts of the whole Gurlitt saga. Giving its readers a thorough overview of the 19th- and 20th-century Gurlitt dynasty's engagement in art - as scholars, dealers and collectors - yet never losing its lightness of touch, deftly managing to span place and time with abundant insight, the book is a pleasure to read." --Richard Aronowitz, Director & Head of Sotheby's Europe Restitution Department for Europe
About the Author
Born and raised in the United States, SUSAN RONALD has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of Heretic Queen, The Pirate Queen, The Sancy Blood Diamond, and France: Crossroads Of Europe. Ronald owns a film production company and is a screenwriter and film producer.
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The thorough plundering of fine art collections to finance the war and for personal profit may be an old story but it came as news to this reviewer. Ms Ronald has marshalled a huge amount of research and tells the story energetically with an infectious passion.
The Monuments Men should be as filmable as the FBI's Untouchables. In another age, there might be a superhero, Monumentman or Monumentwoman. But it isn't. Filmable. Because in real life the scales of justice are still unbalanced. The stolen property has not been restored. The victims have (largely) died uncompensated, the thieves have won, the guilt has not been acknowledged, the crimes have not been pursued and the wrongs have not been righted.
There may be a lesson there. Perhaps that's a weakness in law-based property-respecting democracies that can't descend into the totalitarian cesspit. You can't make a film of that. Can you?