Lost Lives, Lost Art

Lost Lives, Lost Art

Jewish Collectors, Nazi Art Theft, and the Quest for Justice

Book - 2010
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The legendary names include Rothschild, Mendelssohn, Bloch-Bauer{u2014}distinguished bankers, industrialists, diplomats, and art collectors. Their diverse taste ranged from manuscripts and musical instrushy;ments to paintings by Old Masters and the avant-garde. But their stigma as Jews in Nazi Germany and occupied Europe doomed them to exile or death in Hitler{u2019}s concentration camps. Here, after years of meticulous research, Melissa Müller (Anne Frank: The Biography) and Monika Tatzkow (Nazi Looted Art) present the tragic, compelling stories of 15 Jewish collectors, the dispersal of their extraordinary collections through forced sale and/or confiscation, and the ongoing efforts of their heirs to recover their inheritance. For every victory in the effort to return these works to their rightful heirs, there are daunting defeats and long court battles. This real-life legal thriller follows works by Rembrandt, Klimt, Pissarro, Kandinsky, and others.
Publisher: New York : Vendome Press, 2010.
Edition: English-language ed.
ISBN: 9780865652637
Branch Call Number: 940.53181/MULLER
Characteristics: 248 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tatzkow, Monika


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Jul 29, 2015

This is an awesome book for anyone with an interest in art and/or the theft of art during World War II by the Nazis. It is incredibly well-researched and a perfect introduction to the topic at hand. A lot of material in this book is also in THE RAPE OF EUROPA, THE LADY IN GOLD, THE THE MONUMENTS MEN, STEALING THE MYSTIC LAMB, THE LOST MUSEUM and others but by concentrating on the owners of said collections, the authors have managed to present a side of this story not often considered today, and that is the building of these collections by the grand families of Europe and what it meant to them. It touches upon restoration of these works of art to their descendants and the often tortuous path these restorations entail, when they are made at all. It discusses as well the various laws in place in many European countries to "legalize" the theft of these pieces, by the Nazis. Its a book that will shock you and will probably make you think of how guilty many museums are today, displaying stolen works of art...


This is an amazing book with a lot of text. Do not understand why the NYPL does not have at least a few copies that can be borrowed. I just got back from Los Angeles where my sister was able to take home a copy of Lost Lives, Lost Art from the local Santa Monica library for at least a week.

It is just not possible to read this book in the Library unless one wants to spend a few days there.

Very very disappointing.


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