discovery of some $1.3 billion in paintings by Picasso, Matisse, and others, which were believed stolen by Nazis."
"Among the trash hid some $1.3 billion in missing paintings, prints, and
lithographs - including lost and unknown pieces from 20th century
masters - some of which are believed to have been seized by Nazis ahead of World War II." Note, Lost, meaning they were known to have existed once and to have disappeared, and Unknown, meaning not known to have existed.
"One piece hails from the 16th century." Not "Degenerate Jewish" art then. They're not specific, but I'd think there were other pieces before those Degenerates like Renoir and Manet and Monet and Pisarro and Picasso, and Matisse and Braque and Joao Miro none of whom is Jewish by the way.
"Fast forward to this week: The art world is in a tizzy, and German
officials are on the defense. Why has so much time lapsed between the
discovery of the art and its public disclosure? Where is the man and how
much of the art was legitimately acquired or not and by whom? How was
his collection unknown to the system? " See my post "What is it about the Germans?"
" "When you stand in front of the works, <b>see the ones that were long
thought to have been lost or destroyed</b> and in a relatively good state -
some of them dirty but not damaged - you have an incredible feeling of
happiness," she told the Associated Press." That suggests that the art was known previously and believed, what is the word? Lost. Lost is a dime or a five dollar bill out of your pocket. What this lost means is confiscated, looted, stolen. And not necessarily from a person, but from Museums across Europe. At least the Russians finally acknowledged they had stolen the Schliemann hoard from Troy (except it wasn't from Troy, he bought it from various Turkish vendors of Antiquities and buried it in Troy, and then smuggled it out of Turkey in his wife's clothing. That sneaky Jew! [his wife was Greek Orthodox]) There needs to be an Emoticon for Irony (a bar-bell) or sarcasm (not a clue). And perhaps there should be an Emoticon for Not-A-Clue, too.
"It all started after an elderly man - who German authorities have not named, but several media outlets
including Focus identify as Cornelius Gurlitt, son of late German art
collector Hildebrand Gurlitt - was stopped in a routine check <b>on a train
from Zurich to Munich in 2010</b>." The police then took well over a year to stop by his apartment in February 2012, and we are just hearing about it almost 2 years later.
So the German Government have had questions, but didn't seem to want to pursue them with any diligence since sometime in 2010. Then it took them more than 18 months to reveal what they had found. And just what was it in Zurich, a hot bed of the trade in stolen art, that had Herr Gurlitt on the train with $12,000 in his pocket. I doubt he'd just withdrawn it from his bank, but if he did, what else is in that vault? I don't think it was a buying trip, but I could be wrong, all of this is murky, it seems more likely it was a selling trip, and the 12 Grand was the proceeds.
And the question of looted art has been a hot one for 70 years. Art sold at Auctions and in legitimate transactions is carefully followed not because there's some wild conspiracy chasing Nazi connections, but because art is so easily forged that certified masters are too valuable to just toss around. They're fingerprinted and X-rayed and photographed in every species of light known to man and science in order to establish a provenance and an attribution, so the buyer knows what he's getting. That system has been put in place by the great Auction Houses and the big galleries so that they, the sellers, don't get burned either by passing along a forgery, or by having a forgery sold to them.
You clearly did read the article closely enough to find the solitary minor cavill "it's unclear how much of this collection was looted ..." And yet you passed over every other attribution to Nazi loot of a portion of the collection if not the majority noted above. ""When you stand in front of the works, <b>see the ones that were long
thought to have been lost or destroyed</b> and in a relatively good state ..." Does that suggest to you that all of this is new? Post-War? Clearly the work was known, and given up for lost. That Ms Hoffman knows the work from descriptions on file or photographs and that the works were believed lost or destroyed doesn't suggest an ordinary legal origin.
You do baffle me, James. Your standard response to anything involving Nazis whether it is Ivan the whoever who was absolutely a guard at Treblinka, one of the extermination camps and not a holiday resort and admited it and lied on his admission to the United States, to your belittling of a story in the Christian Science Monitor (whether you like or believe in CS is neither here nor there, they are acknowledged to be one of the finest newspapers in the US.) leaves me shaking my head.
Is it that you think that a statute of limitations should have been imposed on all that unpleasant Nazi stuff? I might not agree with it, but I might understand it if you had ever made the case for it.
What is it about Nazi-ism and bringing people to trial, or discovering looted goods and wanting to repatriate them or return them or the proceeds from them to the very very few heirs out there that gets up your nose so much?
I grant you that I allowed my own discomfort to raise the issue of the stripping of German Jews of all their possessions, a well known historical fact, prior to the US involvement in the war. The origin of this looted material, how ever much of it there is, is not addressed in the article. There is not a single mention of the word Jew in the article.
You must be orbiting an outer planet over The Righteous Among Nations.
Oh, and I may have left a group or two out of my discussion of those persecuted by the Nazis. Homosexuals, and the disabled. If you're opposed to abortion and I seem to recall you are, where is your outrage or at least compassion for the disabled executed in their tens of thousands? Or is there a Denison Statute of Limitations on that too?
While you're at it this Sunday say a prayer for Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran who was exterminated during the last two weeks of the war for his Christian ideals.