“The Lady in Gold” by Anne-Marie O’Connor
The international bestseller “The Lady in Gold” is, for one reason or another, only available in English but NOT in German. Maybe the Austrians are still too upset and the Germans simply prefer to ignore the Holocaust subject. 🙂
“The Lady in Gold” is a famous Austrian painting. Austrian painter Gustav Klimt painted the wealthy Viennese Jew Adele Bloch-Blauer in 1907. Klimt is among the most famous painters of the 20th century.
As soon as the Nazis invaded another European country, they immediately started stealing art from Jews and all kinds of institutions. Hitler and Goering took the stolen art objects into their homes. As a matter of fact, the Nazi gang was nothing else but a primitive bunch of thieves and killers. Using their power in order to humiliate others and thus take revenge for their own failure in society.
For decades, the Austrian government denied having received a Klimt collection from the Nazis. The paintings were stolen from the Jewish Bloch-Bauer family in Vienna. Then suddenly, one of the family members living in Los Angeles found a young courageous lawyer and together they sued the hell out of the Austrian government. First, the lawyer succeeded to convince the US Supreme Court and later, he won the case in Austria. The result was that the Belvedere Museum in Vienna had to return various Klimt paintings to the Bloch-Bauer family.
The Austrians weren’t too happy and I hadn’t even heard about the story until I got hold of the book. Who knows how many secret treasures stolen by the Nazis are still be exhibited in European museums.
Here is an interesting speech given by the LA lawyer Randol Schoenberg: