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‘A comprehensive narrative … [Hickley] 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’ Ronald Harwood, The Oldie
New 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 – now available in B format paperback. In a 16-year career at Bloomberg News, Catherine Hickley reported on arts and culture 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.
40 illustrations 19.8 x 12.9 cm 272pp paperback ISBN 978 0 500 292570 July £9.99
The Munich Art Hoard Hitler’s Dealer and His Secret Legacy Catherine Hickley 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. 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.