Episode 34

Has your ancestry kept secrets from you? For author Simon Goodman, any family history involving the Holocaust was swept under the rug. But when he discovered that the Nazis took his grandfather's extraordinary art collection, Simon made it his life's purpose to hunt those pieces down. He and his wife actress May Quigley share the long journey of reclaiming a stolen Degas, fighting legal battles, discovering catalogs addressed to Hitler himself, and penning the book, The Orpheus Clock to keep the history alive.



1. Don't give up.

2. Don't let your family's stories go unspoken. We shouldn't be ashamed of our history, but embrace it and learn from it.



Find The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family’s Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis by Simon Goodman on AmazoniTunes, Barnes & Noble, or listen to the audiobook

May Quigley, actress

Carrie Fisher, beloved actress and May's friend since they were 4 years old!


Debbie Reynolds, May's scout leader when she was in Girl Scouts

Transistor radio

Sex Pistols

Some of the musical icons that wandered into Simon's shop - The Beatles, Rolling Stones' Mick JaggerMarianne FaithfullJoe CockerJimi Hendrix, The Bee Gees

Chris Blackwell, record music producer

CNN's article about the disputed Degas painting (Landscape with Smokestacks, c. 1890) between Simon and the Chicago millionaire, Daniel Searle

Simon's grandfather, Friedrich Gutmann

Art Institute of Chicago

Sotheby's auction house

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, another artist in the collection of stolen art

Randol Schoenberglawyer

Maria Altmann, Adele Bloch-Bauer's niece

Gustav Klimt's Golden Phase, including the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Woman in Gold, the film starring Helen Mirren & Ryan Reynolds 

Dutch Restitution Policy

Christie's Auctions & Private Sales

Sandro Botticelli

Getty Research Institute

Making sense of white supremacists in Charlottesville

Theresienstadt, Czech Republic - where Simon's grandparents were imprisoned in a "nicer" concentration camp with people of higher status (Sigmund Freud's sister Adolfine, Franz Kafka's sister Ottla)

Kurt Gerronwho was forced to direct the propaganda film The Fuhrer Gives The Jews a City

Monuments Men

World Jewish Congress 

Alfonse D'Amato

Making a Killing, documentary

The "euthanasia" program led by Karl Brandt, Hitler's physician 

Upcoming spots - London's National Gallery, NY's MET

Eric Braeden's episode on Begleyesque


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