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Mary M. Lane, author of Hitler’s Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich

Mary M. Lane, author of Hitler’s Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich

In 2013, the German government confiscated roughly 1,300 works by Matisse, Monet, and other masters from the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive son of one of Hitler’s primary art dealers. Mary M. Lane, journalist and non-fiction writer, presents the story of those works of art, their theft, and their long restitution. Lane’s reporting on this hidden treasure trove of art made front page news in the Wall Street Journal. The book is the story of Hitler’s obsessions with art, how it fueled his vision of a purified Nazi state, and the fate of the artwork that was hidden, stolen, or destroyed to “cleanse” German culture of “degenerate” influences that characterized Germany during the 1920’s and 1930’s. 



In 2010, Lane graduated from Middlebury College with degrees in German and Chinese. She worked as a Chinese-English interpreter in Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics and began her journalism career writing for the Associated Press in 2009 from their Berlin bureau.

Books will be available from Main Point Books at the book signing following Lane’s talk.



Friday, September 20, 2019
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Radnor Memorial Library
Winsor Room
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