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.
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July 21, 2013 |
His escape from the Nazis was more like "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" than "The Sound of Music," Leon Prochnik admits. Prochnik was 6 when his family fled Poland as Hitler's army invaded the country. As they were smuggled out of the country, they left behind a luxurious life made possible by their Krakow chocolate-making business. "There was this big, giant tub of chocolate in the factory" that was used in Milka candy bars, Prochnik said. "When nobody was looking, I'd stick my arm in up to my elbow and then lick off the chocolate.
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
February 15, 2014 |
Since 1946, the San Diego Museum of Art has owned an appealing vision of happy prosperity: Frans Hals' 1630s painting of a plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch merchant whose expression and body language exude confidence, security and bonhomie. In the early 1990s, on one of his infrequent visits to Los Angeles from Europe, Bernard Goodman asked his son, Simon, to take him to see it. Standing in front of the portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa, Bernard for the first time permitted a crack in what his son calls "the brick wall of silence" that had confronted him and his older brother, Nick, all their lives.
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.