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Goering’s Man in Paris

The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World

Jonathan Petropoulos

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January 26, 2021
416 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
48 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300251920
Hardcover

Bruno Lohse (1911–2007) was one of the most notorious art plunderers in history. Appointed by Hermann Göring to Hitler’s special art looting agency, he went on to supervise the systematic theft of over 22,000 artworks, largely from French Jews; helped Göring develop an enormous private art collection; and staged twenty private exhibitions of stolen art in Paris’s Jeu de Paume museum during the war. By the 1950s Lohse was officially denazified but back in the art dealing world, offering looted masterpieces to American museums. After his death, dozens of paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro, among others, were found in his Zurich bank vault and adorning the walls of his Munich home.
 
Jonathan Petropoulos spent nearly a decade interviewing Lohse and continues to serve as an expert witness for Holocaust restitution cases. Here he tells the story of Lohse’s life, offering a critical examination of the postwar art world.

Jonathan Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow at the Royal Historical Society.

“A manuscript of prime and serious scholarship.”—Jean-Marc Dreyfus, University of Manchester
Artists Under Hitler

Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany

Jonathan Petropoulos

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