Meet the Author:
Mary Lane discusses her new book, Hitler’s Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich. In 2012, the German government confiscated roughly 1,300 works by Matisse, Monet, and other masters from the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive son of one of Hitler’s primary art dealers. Lane presents the story of those works of art, their theft, and their long restitution. Her reporting on this hidden treasure trove of art made front page news in The Wall Street Journal. The book is the story of Hitler’s obsession with art, how it fueled his vision of a purified Nazi state, and the fate of the artwork that was hidden, stolen, or destroyed to “cleanse” German culture. The story of art is integral to the story of the rise of Nazi Germany. Hitler was obsessed with art – in particular, the aesthetic of a purified regime, scoured of “degenerate” influences that characterized Germany during the 1920s and 1930s.
Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.
Presented with The Art Center Highland Park.
Sponsored by the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.