For his most recent book, The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal The World’s Greatest Works of Art, Hector Feliciano spent more than seven years tracking down the story of Nazi art pillaging. Drawing on recently declassified documents, interrogation reports, detailed Nazi inventories, private family archives, museum catalogs, and hundreds of interviews, Feliciano paints a vivid picture of a concealed international art trade with links in France, Germany, Switzerland, the former Soviet Union and the United States. The fate of these looted works as they pass through the hands of top German officials, unscrupulous art dealers and unwitting museums, galleries, and auction houses.
The New York Times has lauded Feliciano’s work, writing “Mr. Feliciano’s story is a sobering one of amoral opportunistic greed, only a small portion of which was ever punished and most of which, except for his labors, was nearly forgotten.”
Since the publication of The Lost Museum, dozens of looted families in the United States and Europe have resumed their claims, initiating a vast international debate among governments, museums, art dealers and collectors. Already on its third U.S. printing, The Lost Museum has also been published in France, Germany, Japan and Korea. Now, Feliciano brings his insightful story to the lecture podium. He takes an eye-opening look at how the events of over half a century ago continue to cast a dark shadow on our times, and how we can still take steps to rectify historical injustice.