Hitler's Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich


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6.1 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Mary M. Lane (b. 1987) is a nonfiction writer and journalist specializing in Western art, Western European history, and anti-Semitism. Lane received one of five Fulbright Journalism Scholarships at 22 years old, gained international recognition as the chief European art reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and published numerous exclusive Page One articles on the art trove of Hildebrand Gurlitt. Since leaving the Journal, Lane has been a European art contributor for the New York Times. She splits her time between Berlin and Virginia.


"The revelatory saga of a monumental Nazi art theft and all the perpetrators, from Hitler to the modern museum directors who ignored the glaring signs of looted art. This riveting unraveling of one of the most outrageous and monumental chapters in stolen art is a must-read art crime chronicle."--Anne-Marie O'Connor, author of The Lady in Gold
"Mary M. Lane skillfully chronicles the saga of a huge trove of art that had seemingly disappeared during World War II and the Holocaust. It's a gripping tale punctuated by plunder, profiteering, and self-serving rationalizations. Most chillingly, the outright deceptions continued long after the collapse of Hitler's Third Reich."--Andrew Nagorski, author of 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War and Hitlerland
"In this valuable study of an important piece of history, Mary M. Lane tells a shocking story of theft, horror, and lack of redemption."--Laurence Rees, author of Auschwitz and The Holocaust: A New History
"Lane engagingly recounts how dealers who formerly represented avant-garde artists quickly adapted and dumped their 'degenerate' modernist clientele, except for purchases at knock-down prices for their private collection[s]. . . . A gripping, original contribution to a still-unresolved Nazi crime."--Kirkus Reviews, starred
"A scrupulous account of Hitler's abiding obsession with art and Germany's cultural patrimony...a convincing, full-throated case for the German government to amend its laws and practices regarding looted property."--New York Times Book Review
"Essential reading...Hitler's Last Hostages is revelatory."--New City Lit
"An excellent book...It really is a fascinating story of how history plays into modern politics. Well worth the read. Mary's a terrific reporter."--Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire
"A detailed and intensely researched book."
"Congratulations to Mary Lane...the author of the compelling, chilling and thoroughly researched Hitler's Last Hostages... It's a must-read."--Financial Times
"A compelling and vibrant portrait."
--Historical Novels Society