Simon Goodman: The Orpheus Clock. The search for my family’s art treasures stolen by the Nazis

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This is a magnificent book, both poignant, and chilling. Ultimately it stands as a testimony to how family stories can grip across generations, and how fierce the impulse to right wrongs. It is very moving indeed.’

Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare With Amber Eyes

The passionate, gripping true story of one man's single-minded quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family — their beloved art collection — and to restore their legacy.

Simon Goodman's grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties, and perished in concentration camps. That's almost all he knew about them — his father rarely spoke of their family history or heritage. But when he passed away, and Simon received his father's old papers, a story began to emerge.
The Gutmanns rose from a small Bohemian hamlet to become one of Germany's most powerful banking families. They also amassed a magnificent, world-class art collection that included works by Degas, Renoir, Botticelli, Guardi, and many, many others. But the Nazi regime snatched from them everything they had worked to build: their remarkable art, their immense wealth, their prominent social standing, and their very lives.
Simon grew up in London with little knowledge of his father's efforts to recover their family's prized possessions. It was only after his father's death that Simon began to piece together the clues about the Gutmanns' stolen legacy and the Nazi looting machine. Through painstaking detective work across two continents, Simon has been able to prove that many works belonged to his family, and to successfully secure their return.
Goodman's dramatic story, told with great heart, reveals a rich family history almost obliterated by the Nazis. It is not only the account of a twenty-year long detective hunt for family treasure, but an unforgettable tale of redemption and restoration.

Källa: Bokförlaget Scribner

Boktitel:The Orpheus Clock. The search for my family’s art treasures stolen by the Nazis
Författare: Simon Goodman
Bokförlag: Scribner

Simon Goodman

Born in London shortly after World War II and educated at the French Lycée in South Kensington, then at Munich University, Simon Goodman entered the music business in the late 1960s, specialising in recognising new talent and breaking new British artists abroad. In 1994 Simon’s father died leaving behind hints of a hitherto clandestine quest. For the last 15 years Simon has devoted his time exclusively to tracking his family’s lost legacy, stolen during WWII. In the process he has become a skilled art detective, able to conduct his research in several languages.