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Lost Lives, Lost Art: Nazi Art Theft and the Quest for Justice
Barbara Falletta

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The provenance of a work of art is often mentioned only in passing. But when it comes to masterpieces that were looted by the Nazis during World War II, and the subsequent search for restitution, the lives of the owners become paramount. By the 1930s, Jacques Goudstikker's collection of Dutch and Flemish art was the most valuable in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, that collection and the art belonging to the Rothschilds and Walter Westfield were admired by the Nazi Reich Marshall, Hermann Goring, as well. Lilly and Claude Cassirer and Max Silberberg were collectors of Pissarro paintings until the Nazis swooped in and held forced auctions of their belongings. The paintings owned by Paul Westheim and the Mendelssohn family were confiscated by Hitler himself. Other members of the Nazi regime even stole modern art they hated and described as being "degenerate." This series of lectures will discuss the art collected by these families, the stories behind the collections, the systematic theft of the art, and the quest of their heirs for its restitution.The primary objectives of this series are to examine the history of the art collected by these prominent European families; reveal Nazi methods of confiscation of the collections; and discuss the quest for restitution of these collections.

1. Theft by Purchase: The Dutch Masters, and the collections "acquired" by Hermann Goring
2. Forced Auctions: A Public Form of Looting
3. An Eclectic Mix of Masterpieces: The Collections of the Mendelssohn Family and Paul Westheim
4. Degenerate Art: An Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Barbara Falletta is an artist, art historian, educator, and author. Her art has been exhibited in juried and one-person exhibitions. Her academic writing has been published in several journals, and her creative writing may be found in many anthologies. She continues to produce art, judge exhibitions, and lecture in art museums and other venues. Dr. Falletta is a member of several professional organizations including the National Society of Arts and Letters where she has served as co-chairperson of the Florida East Coast Chapter scholarship committee.

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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