The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art


The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis Simon Goodman s grandparents came from German Jewish banking dynasties and died in concentration camps Originally he knew little about them his father never spoke of their history or heritage But when Goodman received his late father s old papers, a story began to emerge From a Bohemian hamlet the Gutmanns has risen to become one of Germany s most powerful banking families They had also built a magnificent art collection When Hitler took power in March , they became prime targets, and eventually everything they had worked to build was taken from them their art, their wealth, their standing, and their lives While their son secretly worked to find and recover their prized possessions, their grandson, Simon Goodman, was living in London without any knowledge of it Once Goodman learned about his family s stolen legacy, he began to track the art across two continents, learning that much of the collection had gone to top Nazis, including Hitler other works had been smuggled through Switzerland, and some were now in famous museums The first of the Goodman family paintings found was by Edgar Degas, in the collection of a Chicago billionaire The ensuing legal case became the first of its kind in the US Since then, the Goodman family has uncovered not only hundreds of lost pieces, but also an invaluable sense of their ancestry

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  • The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis
  • Simon Goodman
  • 18 February 2019
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5 thoughts on “The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis

  1. Ian Dennehey Ian Dennehey says:

    Well written account of one family s struggle against museums, bureaucracy and power across the globe in order to regain some of the priceless and eclectic art collection stolen or purloined from them by the Nazis through forced sales and which after the war enriched the collections of museums across the globe This is a struggle which is on going and one some institutions wish to ignore.

  2. Gabriel Stein Gabriel Stein says:

    Another amazing story of a Jewish att collection looted by the Nazis But, in this case, an eventual happy ending, with many pieces ultimately returned to the heirs However, also a reminder of how many parties after the war preferred to disregard original ownership in order to hold on to what they had, however dubiously acquired.

  3. Brummie Brummie says:

    This book gets off to a difficult start, being somewhat heavy going at first But the chapters that follow reveal how the actions of the Nazis impacted on lives post war and to the present day and quite recent news stories Hildebrand Gurlitt and his wife, Helene, had also taken refuge in the castle after their home in Dresden had been destroyed by Allied bombers With them was their daughter, Renate, and their teenage son, the now notorious Cornelius Gurlitt, who had over fourteen hundred pieces of art hidden in his Munich apartment until it was discovered in March 2012 Well worth a read

  4. Rosalynd Pio Rosalynd Pio says:

    Heartrending story, illustrating how the persecution and exploitation of Jews is still an ongoing issue, practiced in a less obvious manner than by the Nazis, but somehow perfidiously by justice, state and businesses all over the Western world Non restitution of art works by museums, private or public is scandalous.

  5. Mrs.C.E. Asprey-Frankel Mrs.C.E. Asprey-Frankel says:

    I was absolutely hooked from the beginning of this book It covers family history, a sense of what it must have been like living during the Nazi regime in Europe as well as how the big auction houses deal with provenance A very worthwhile read.

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