Lynn H Nicholas

Naming the Guilty Men

The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany


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In an interview a few years ago I asked René Huyghe, Chief Curator of the Louvre in the Vichy years, exactly how he would define those in the French art world who had collaborated. Without hesitation he said that the collaborators had been the ones who had knowingly used the wartime situation to advance their careers. Jonathan Petropoulos, in his fascinating and well-researched study, The Faustian Bargain, gives us some twenty case histories of German art professionals who did just that.

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