The Munich Art Hoard
Hitler's Dealer and His Secret Legacy
- ISBN 9780500292570
- 19.80 x 13.00 cm
- With 40 illustrations in colour and black and white
- First published 2016
Now in paperback
The world’s leading journalist in the field of Nazi-looted art tells the story of Hitler’s art dealer, Hildebrand Gurlitt, and his incredible collection
‘A comprehensive narrative … meticulously lays out the spidery network of ties, lies and fears that helped Gurlitt save his own skin’ – The Economist
‘Hickley tells the story of the Gurlitts, as well as of the efforts made by some of the heirs of the works’ original owners to get them back, with forensic attentiveness to detail’– Art Quarterly
‘A splendid account of skulduggery … a riveting read’– The Oldie
‘Catherine Hickley knows her subject inside out … excellent’– Jewish Quarterly
In February 2012, in a Munich flat belonging to an elderly recluse, German customs authorities seized an astonishing hoard of more than 1,400 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by artists including Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Chagall, Otto Dix and Paul Klee. When Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove became public in November 2013, it caused a worldwide media sensation.
Catherine Hickley has delved into archives and conducted dozens of interviews to uncover the story behind the headlines. Her book illuminates a dark period of German history, untangling a web of deceit and silence that has prevented the heirs of Jewish collectors from recovering art stolen from their families more than seven decades ago by the Nazis.
Hickley recounts the shady history of the Gurlitt hoard and brings its story right up to date, as 21st-century politicians and lawyers puzzle over the inadequacies of a legal framework that to this day falls short in securing justice for the heirs of those robbed by the Nazis.
Catherine Hickley reported on arts and culture for Bloomberg News from Berlin for eight years, following stints as a reporter covering German politics, as Berlin bureau chief and as the editor managing European government news.