Art: The Pattern of Pillage

Near a lonely castle in Bavaria, air-conditioned railroad cars were backed onto a siding, stealthily loaded with one of the richest art collections in the world. Art-lover Hermann Göring, hastily moving south, was rumored to have boarded the sealed, armored train and rolled off with his treasures. Art experts had reason to believe that the Göring loot included Raphael's Madonna of Divine Love, Botticelli's Minerva and Centaur, Titian's Portrait of Lavinia, Van Eyck's altarpiece The Adoration of the Lamb.

Elsewhere in Europe:

¶ The vast Merkers (Germany) salt-mine cache (TIME, April 16) was...

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