Lost Lives, Lost Art

Lost Lives, Lost Art

Jewish Collectors, Nazi Art Theft, and the Quest for Justice

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The legendary names include Rothschild, Mendelssohn, Bloch-Bauer--distinguished bankers, industrialists, diplomats, and art collectors. Their diverse taste ranged from manuscripts and musical instru­ments to paintings by Old Masters and the avant-garde. But their stigma as Jews in Nazi Germany and occupied Europe doomed them to exile or death in Hitler's concentration camps. Here, after years of meticulous research, Melissa Müller ( Anne Frank: The Biography ) and Monika Tatzkow ( Nazi Looted Art ) present the tragic, compelling stories of 15 Jewish collectors, the dispersal of their extraordinary collections through forced sale and/or confiscation, and the ongoing efforts of their heirs to recover their inheritance. For every victory in the effort to return these works to their rightful heirs, there are daunting defeats and long court battles. This real-life legal thriller follows works by Rembrandt, Klimt, Pissarro, Kandinsky, and others.

Praise for Lost Lives, Lost Art:

"A heartbreaking and enthralling story of the brutal and mindless Nazi destruction of a singularly cultivated caste of rich German and Austrian Jews and the pillage of their great art collections: a world that was lost and could never be recreated." ~ Louis Begley

"Each chapter focuses on a single collector. . . the adulatory profiles [are] matched with an attractive layout and an abundance of well-selected images." ~ Wall Street Journal

"The book is meticulously researched, brilliantly and dispassionately written, and is in all likelihood a game changer in the world of art, art provenance, and art restitution that will resound for years to come."~ ForeWord Reviews

"Richly illustrated with excellent art reproductions and family photographs, this is a solid addition to works on Nazi art plundering and the world of art restitution, ownership, and property rights. This will be of great interest to readers wanting to know more about upper-class Austrian and German Jews. Recommended." ~ Library Journal
Publisher: New York : Vendome Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780865652637
Characteristics: 248 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Tatzkow, Monika


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 29, 2015

This is an awesome book for anyone with an interest in art and/or the theft of art during World War II by the Nazis. It is incredibly well-researched and a perfect introduction to the topic at hand. A lot of material in this book is also in THE RAPE OF EUROPA, THE LADY IN GOLD, THE THE MONUMENTS MEN, STEALING THE MYSTIC LAMB, THE LOST MUSEUM and others but by concentrating on the owners of said collections, the authors have managed to present a side of this story not often considered today, and that is the building of these collections by the grand families of Europe and what it meant to them. It touches upon restoration of these works of art to their descendants and the often tortuous path these restorations entail, when they are made at all. It discusses as well the various laws in place in many European countries to "legalize" the theft of these pieces, by the Nazis. Its a book that will shock you and will probably make you think of how guilty many museums are today, displaying stolen works of art...


This is an amazing book with a lot of text. Do not understand why the NYPL does not have at least a few copies that can be borrowed. I just got back from Los Angeles where my sister was able to take home a copy of Lost Lives, Lost Art from the local Santa Monica library for at least a week.

It is just not possible to read this book in the Library unless one wants to spend a few days there.

Very very disappointing.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MPL

To Top