One recurring theme of this blog and/or my interests is the looted art of World War 2. I’ve read books and watched movies and even trained my internet history to find me articles related to this subject. (I say that I trained my internet, which is a lot less creepy than saying the internet is stalking me.)
Thus, one day I was at the public library (tbh that’s how many of my life’s adventures begin) and I found this book on a Dutch art forger who swindled the Nazis and made a fortune. The book is called The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century (2009). Even better, the book predates The Monuments Men book (2013), thereby also predating the movie, which meant it existed before the Nazi Art Thing was a thing.
The problem(??) with history is that it just keeps on coming. So when you turn around there’s layers upon layers upon layers, like a really, really, really thick slice of baklava. Like Mesosoic baklava. With nuts. Because History is full of nuts.
There have been many historical anniversaries of late, almost too many to keep track of:
- A bunch of Civil War 150th Anniversaries: Monocacy, Ft. Stevens (the only time a sitting [well, standing] President came under direct fire), The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Kennesaw Mountain, Mobile Bay, while Atlanta is coming up in about a week. And those are just some of the big names. In fact, just go check out this link because I’m linking from here anyway.
- The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Interesting. WWI was began 50 years after the Civil War.
- The 70th anniversary of DDay.
- The City of Alexandria celebrated its 2xxth birthday with fireworks.
- And apparently today is the 2xxth Bastille Day, celebrated by the French and, I suppose, Americans pretending to have a global outlook.
To commemorate this, have some music:
This past Wednesday, I got to meet Robert Edsel!
[ silence ]
Who is Robert Edsel? He’s the author of all those Monuments Men books, on which the movie is based.
You know, the movie where George Clooney and Matt Damon have to save all that art from Hitler?
Ah yes, now I see I’m getting somewhere.
Some background on this: