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"The Rape of Europa" part 2
This was a very interesting read. Despite the amazing detail, it gives the reader a good over-view of what happened to all of the art work during those years and the role the big wheels played.
The intent of this book is to sketch the collusion of five major figures from the art world as part of the continuum of collaborators during the Nazi regime. Petropoulos makes the argument that while these men were not mass murderers, their participation and contributions to the Nazi agenda were not just reactive. Their roles as accomplices and often creators of propaganda enabled the legitimization of the Nazi cultural program and the spread of the closely interwoven racial and geopolitical age...
This is dated. Very much so. New revelations and the deaths of the people that got away with stealing, plundering and so much more has moved this tale of deceit, theft and politics beyond this very basic and sometimes grating essay on how in Nazi Germany the art world people collaborated, participated and ran the art trade for over a decade, got away with it and went back to it after the war. I didn't learn much. Petropoulos' writing seems at times to take the words of the people he interviewed
A depressing and somewhat tedious book, Faustian Bargain looks at about 20 individuals who collaborated with the Nazis. They were artists, art dealers, museum professionals, art critics, and art historians. Some directly aided the task of plundering art from conquered nations and from Jews. Others glorified Nazi ideology through their writing or art. Others enjoyed Nazi patronage and lived the high life during the Nazi years. A depressingly small number paid any serious price or even felt remors...
I read one page last night before I fell asleep. I think it was good. --Caroline