Art: Survivors

When Adolphe Schloss got rich in the export business in Paris, he started buying Dutch and Flemish old masters. By the time he died in 1910 he had one of the world's largest and finest private collections of them. They hung in the gallery of his mansion on the Avenue Henri Martin until the outbreak of World War II, when they were stuffed into crates and spirited away to the chateau of a friend at Tulle, in the south of France.

For three years after France fell, private art collectors for both Hitler and Goring gnashed about in search of the hidden...

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