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Hitler's last hostages : looted art and the soul of the Third Reich

Lane, Mary M.2019
"The story of art is integral to the story of the rise of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler, an artist himself, was obsessed with art--in particular, the aesthetic of a purified regime, scoured of 'degenerate' influences that characterized Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. When they came to power in 1933, Hitler and Goebbels set their aesthetic vision into motion and removed degenerate art from German life: artists fled the country; museums were purged; and great works disappeared, only a fraction of which were rediscovered at the end of the Second World War. Most remained in garrets and cellars, the last hostages of the era of the Reich. In 2013, 1290 works by Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and others were rediscovered. In Hitler's Last Hostages, Mary Lane brilliantly tells the story of art and the Third Reich, and the fate of Germany's great artists as they fought to survive the Nazi era"--
New York : PublicAffairs, 2019.
ix, 321 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Prologue: Wake-up call -- Portrait of the dictator as a young man -- Enigma of war -- Eclipse of the sun -- Adolf's silver hammer -- Bad company corrupts good morals -- Cultural complicity -- Revisionist history -- Our sincere condolences -- Hitler's last hostages -- Epilogue: Business as usual -- Timeline.
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