Who’s Who

  • Countess Sampieri

    One of my favorite characters in Thieves of Paris is Countess Irène Sampieri, mother of Madame Beatrice Camondo Reinach. Research on this lady began my interest in Nazi art theft. When Irène was six, her father, Count Louis Cahen D’Anvers, commissioned the painter Renoir to do three portraits of his daughters. The first was Little […]

  • Goering as Thief: An Archives Story

    The looting of European art was well-planned, systematic and efficient. Hitler chose works for his planned Museum in his hometown, Linz, Austria. His second in command Hermann Goering plundered much more, for his own private collection. But art plundered from Jews was not the only source of his loot. I found a copy of a […]