Goering’s Man in Paris The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World Jonathan Petropoulos

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
26 Jan 2021
ISBN:
9780300251920
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
416 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
47 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

A charged biography of a notorious Nazi art plunderer and his career in the postwar art world

Bruno Lohse (1911–2007) was one of the most notorious art plunderers in history. Appointed by Hermann Göring to Hitler’s special art looting agency, he went on to supervise the systematic theft and distribution of over 22,000 artworks, largely from French Jews; helped Göring develop an enormous private art collection; and staged twenty private exhibitions of stolen art in Paris’s Jeu de Paume museum during the war. By the 1950s Lohse was officially denazified but back in the art dealing world, offering looted masterpieces to American museums. After his death, dozens of paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro, among others, were found in his Zurich bank vault and adorning the walls of his Munich home.
 
Jonathan Petropoulos spent nearly a decade interviewing Lohse and continues to serve as an expert witness for Holocaust restitution cases. Here he tells the story of Lohse’s life, offering a critical examination of the postwar art world.

Jonathan Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow at the Royal Historical Society.