By Simon Goodman
“An amazing piece of history...a clean and vigorous learn” (The Christian technological know-how Monitor)—the passionate, gripping, precise tale of 1 man’s single-minded quest to reclaim his family’s paintings assortment, stolen by means of the Nazis in global conflict II.
Simon Goodman’s grandparents got here from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in focus camps. And that’s just about all he knew approximately them—his father hardly ever said their kinfolk heritage or history. but if his father passed on to the great beyond, and Simon got his outdated papers, a narrative started to emerge.
The Gutmanns, as they have been recognized then, rose from a small Bohemian hamlet to turn into considered one of Germany’s strongest banking households. additionally they gathered a powerful, world-class artwork assortment that incorporated works via Degas, Renoir, Botticelli, Guardi, and plenty of, many extra. however the Nazi regime snatched from them every little thing they'd labored to construct: their extraordinary paintings, their sizeable wealth, their fashionable social status, and their very lives. purely after his father’s dying did Simon start to piece jointly the clues in regards to the Gutmanns’ stolen legacy and the Nazi looting laptop. With painstaking detective paintings throughout continents, Simon has been capable of turn out that many works belonged to his family members and effectively safe their return.
“Fascinating...splendid and tragic” (The Wall highway Journal), “Goodman’s tale is alternately wrenching and inspiring...An emotional story of unspeakable horrors, kinfolk devotion, and artwork as a logo of wish” (Kirkus Reviews). it isn't in basic terms the account of a twenty-year detective hunt for kin treasure, yet an unforgettable story of redemption and recovery.