Big Reveal on German “Antiques Roadshow”
Art was stolen by—and then from—Nazis
So, if you’re going to go on Antiques Roadshow, you generally want to make sure that you’re not showing off a piece that’s been stolen. The corollary rule, if you’re going on the German version, is to avoid trying to offload stolen Nazi art. But of course, the whole point of the show is that people don’t know what they have, which may be how someone turned up on Kunst und Krempel (Art and Junk) last November asking for an appraisal of a 17th century painting titled Sermon on the Mount, by the Flemish baroque painter Frans Francken the Younger. The painting, it turns out, was worth about $143,000—and it had been stolen from a Jewish family that had bought it at a gallery in Dresden, and was at one point destined for a Nazi museum in Hitler’s Austrian hometown, Linz. The painting disappeared from Hitler’s reception building in Munich sometime after April 1945, according to police. So far, the television network that broadcasts the program is claiming journalistic privilege and refusing to hand over the name of the person who turned up with it.
Art Stolen by Nazis Turns Up on TV Antiques Show [The Local]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.