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The Orpheus Clock : the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis, Simon Goodman

Label
The Orpheus Clock : the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis
Title
The Orpheus Clock
Title remainder
the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis
Statement of responsibility
Simon Goodman
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The passionate, true story of one man's quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family--their beloved art collection--and to restore their legacy. Simon Goodman's grandparents came from German Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And that's almost all he knew--his father rarely spoke of their family history or heritage. But when he passed away, and Simon received his father's papers, a story began to emerge. The Gutmanns, as they were known then, rose from a small Bohemian hamlet to become one of Germany's most powerful banking families. They also amassed a world-class art collection that included works by Degas, Renoir, Botticelli, and many others, including a Renaissance clock engraved with scenes from the legend of Orpheus. The Nazi regime snatched everything the Gutmanns had labored to build: their art, their wealth, their social standing, and their very lives. Simon grew up in London with little knowledge of his father's efforts to recover their family's possessions. It was only after his father's death that Simon began to piece together the clues about the stolen legacy and the Nazi looting machine. He learned much of the collection had gone to Hitler and Goring; other works had been smuggled through Switzerland, sold and resold, with many pieces now in famous museums. More still had been recovered by Allied forces only to be stolen again by bureaucrats-- European governments quietly absorbed thousands of works of art into their own collections. Through painstaking detective work across two continents, Simon proved that many pieces belonged to his family, and successfully secured their return-- the first Nazi looting case to be settled in the United States. Goodman's dramatic story reveals a rich family history almost obliterated by the Nazis. It is not only the account of a twenty-year long detective hunt for family treasure, but an unforgettable tale of redemption and restoration.
Assigning source
--Adapted from book jacket
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940.53/18144
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HG1552.G87
LC item number
G66 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The Orpheus Clock : the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis, Simon Goodman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [331]-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foundation. My father's old boxes ; The generations that came before ; Fritz and Louise : marriage, war, and a new life ; Holland and Bosbeek : the years between the wars ; The ephemeral peace -- Devastation. The wolves at the door ; Theresienstadt ; Bernard -- Restoration. Out of the ashes ; Searching for Degas ; Renoir and Botticelli ; Return to Holland ; "Sin" and "Sensuality" ; "Portrait of a Young Man" ; Lifting the curse : the Orpheus clock ; Postscript: On reflection -- Appendix 1. Gutmann family tree -- Appendix 2. Recovered art
Control code
1611996
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of color plates
Isbn
9781451697636
Lccn
2015017171
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1611996
  • (Sirsi) 1611996
  • (OCoLC)894746251
Label
The Orpheus Clock : the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis, Simon Goodman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [331]-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foundation. My father's old boxes ; The generations that came before ; Fritz and Louise : marriage, war, and a new life ; Holland and Bosbeek : the years between the wars ; The ephemeral peace -- Devastation. The wolves at the door ; Theresienstadt ; Bernard -- Restoration. Out of the ashes ; Searching for Degas ; Renoir and Botticelli ; Return to Holland ; "Sin" and "Sensuality" ; "Portrait of a Young Man" ; Lifting the curse : the Orpheus clock ; Postscript: On reflection -- Appendix 1. Gutmann family tree -- Appendix 2. Recovered art
Control code
1611996
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of color plates
Isbn
9781451697636
Lccn
2015017171
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1611996
  • (Sirsi) 1611996
  • (OCoLC)894746251

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