Art Crime: History in Peril — Stealing & Recovering a Lost Nazi Diary
Robert K. Wittman chronicles the dramatic recovery in 2013 of the long-lost private diary of Alfred Rosenberg, who, as the Nazi Party's chief ideologue, laid the philosophical foundations for the Holocaust. The Diary had been lost for more than 60 years.
A game-changing World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story, this seminar draws on the personal experience of Robert Wittman, FBI agent, and art crime detective. Based on his bestselling book, The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich, this seminar will explore the history behind this stolen document and also discuss the importance of the protection and recovery of priceless manuscripts, rare books, and other documents. Rosenberg is known as the man who made Hitler into Hitler, and the diary's long-hidden contents give us first-person insight into the Nazi rise to power, the Final Solution, and Germany's brutal occupation of the Soviet Union.
Led by an art crimes expert, known in some circles as the FBI's ‘Real Indiana Jones,’ Robert Wittman has recovered more than $300 million in lost and stolen artwork and cultural property in his career. He is the author of two books describing the cases he has worked on and his experiences in the field.