Heavy on the details in this author's telling, but *definitely* a story to read. The Allies failed to prosecute some of these war criminals - Nuremburg was full of trials for those who operated the camps, but was not willing to acknowledge the direct links between genocide and the wholesale looting of art from the conquered and annihilated people of Europe. A grisly story of inhumanity on the part of a man who started life as a humanist.
I finished this book several months ago and will agree with the other reviews about the unnecessary details that at times made the story drag. However, I will say that months later, the book left indelible impressions on me. Although too long, I believe this is an important work that sheds light on yet another aspect of the Nazi war machine and how art was pivotal to financing the war. It has led me down various paths to learn more about this topic and more, signs of a book that has had a powerful impact. I highly recommend this book.
I agree with 1964ag. The first 2/3 of the book was horribly detailed, extraneous information about this man's early childhood and life before WWII. Most of it could have been left out or greatly edited. The last 1/3 of then tok was actually quite interesting. I think it would be a great book for someone who is very familiar with modern artists whose works were taken by the Nazi's and for someone much ore acquainted with the German and European art community that I am. But in the end, this would have been twice as good if it were half as long.
Some interesting information but not one of my favorite reads on the subject.
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