November 4, 2013 |
LONDON -- The elderly gentleman appeared nervous when police questioned him during a customs check aboard a train from Switzerland to Germany. He was carrying about $12,000 in cash, just within the legal limit. But a feeling that something was not quite right eventually led authorities to raid the man's apartment in Munich several months later, resulting in the astonishing discovery of what could amount to more than $1.3 billion worth of artistic masterpieces, some -- or all -- of them looted by the Nazis more than 70 years ago. That would make it one of the largest such troves recovered since World War II. The stunning find is being reported by the German news magazine Focus, which said the hoard included paintings by Picasso, Chagall, Matisse and Klee that were believed to be lost or destroyed in the war. Though priceless, the 1,500 pieces were crammed next to piles of canned food in the messy Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the 80-year-old son of a well-known Nazi-era art dealer.
March 19, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note below. PARIS - France on Tuesday gave seven paintings once destined for display in an art gallery for Adolf Hitler back to the families of those who had lost or sold them as the Nazis pushed through Europe. Four of the paintings had been hanging in the Louvre in Paris. French officials said during a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture that the effort was part of the government's push to return art and cultural objects looted before and during World War II. Six of the seven paintings returned Tuesday had belonged to Richard Neumann, a collector of works by 18th century Italian painters, who was living in Vienna before the war. Neumann was forced to leave behind part of his collection when he fled to France in 1938.
January 25, 2014 |
You may have thought that the entitlement culture among the high-tech elite was getting out of hand before, but it will be a long time before anything tops the ghastly outburst from venture capitalist Thomas Perkins appearing in Friday's Wall Street Journal. In a letter to the editor, Perkins, the billionaire co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, writes: "I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'" He complains about negative coverage about the rich in his hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and continues: "I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent.
January 3, 2013 |
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has garnered a loyal television audience around the world with its annual New Year's concert broadcasts, which air in the U.S. on PBS. But this New Year's celebration was somewhat marred by attacks made on the orchestra concerning its past sympathies to the Nazi party. The venerated orchestra has also found itself under renewed attacks for being the least diverse musical ensemble in the western world in terms of race and gender equality. In past years, the orchestra has been picketed during overseas tours by those who perceive its practices to be discriminatory.
August 14, 1988
I don't know whether Errol Flynn collaborated with the Nazis or not (Calendar Letters, Aug. 7), but it's my understanding that Flynn was well known in his time for his indulgence in wine, women and song. If the Nazis actually did go out of their way to hire this man, all I can say is it's no wonder they lost the war. RUDY MINGER Hollywood
May 25, 2005 |
A 17th century book seized by the Nazis has been returned to Rome's Jewish community, one of thousands of Jewish volumes taken by looting German forces during World War II. The pocket-size religious book, published in Amsterdam in 1680, belonged to the library of the Rabbinic College of Rome. Most of the library's books were returned by the Americans in 1946, but some are still missing.
February 9, 1989
West Germany's highest court affirmed the convictions of two elderly doctors for taking part in the Nazis' "mercy killing" of more than 11,500 handicapped people. The ruling by the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe ended one of the last major Nazi-related trials in West Germany and closed out 28 years of criminal proceedings against Dr. Aquilin Ulrich and Dr. Heinrich Bunke, both 74.
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November 11, 1988
It was interesting to read about the polarization in the scientific community about whether anything good can come of using data generated by the Nazis in abhorrent experiments. What was even more interesting was that even though many people are aware of the experiments performed by the Nazis at Dachau and other camps and are quick to decry the undeniable awfulness of these experiments, not so many seem to be aware that there is a parallel with certain experiments done by our government.
July 23, 1997 |
The Justice Department accused a retired Connecticut machinist of serving as a guard at Nazi death camps and moved to revoke his citizenship. Walter Berezowskyj, 73, served in two SS units that participated in the Nazi campaign to annihilate Europe's Jews, the government said in a complaint filed in federal court. When he sought to immigrate to the United States after World War II, Berezowskyj told U.S. officials he had spent the war working on farms, the government said.