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During the occupation of France, the Nazis confiscated nearly 100,000 art works from more than 200 collectors, transporting most of the spoils to Germany. THE LOST MUSEUM tells the true story of the pillage of the most valuable of these collections, which belonged to five renowned Jewish families--Rosenberg, Rothschild, Schloss, David-Weill, and Bernheim-Jeune. photos.
"[A] lively and provocative history...Feliciano has gathered much fascinating information on the possible whereabouts of major unrecovered works."
"Hector Feliciano is a determined investigative reporter who takes on big targets and important subjects. He hits the bull's-eye with this account of the fate of European art treasures stolen by the Nazis."
"Thanks to clever sleuthing and meticulous research, Hector Feliciano has uncovered the whole shocking story of Nazi art-pillaging, and the no-less-shocking story of the French museums' failure to return a thousand of these pillaged paintings to their rightful owners. Besides putting an end to fifty years of official concealment, this book is a sensationally good read."
From the Publisher
Between 1939 and 1944, as the Nazis overran Europe, they were also quietly conducting another type of pillage. The Lost Museum tells the story of the Jewish art collectors and gallery owners in France who were stripped of rare works by artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, Cézanne, and Picasso. Before they were through, the Nazis had taken more than 20,000 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from France.The Lost Museum explores the Nazis' systematic confiscation of these artworks, focusing on the private collections of five families: Rothschild, Rosenberg, Bernheim-Jeune, David-Weill, and Schloss. The book is filled with private family photos of this art, some of which has never before been seen by the public, and it traces the fate of these works as they passed through the hands of top German officials, unscrupulous art dealers, and unwitting auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's.