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.
LESSONS FROM SIMON & MAY:
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.
TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:
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
Chris Blackwell, record music producer
Simon's grandfather, Friedrich Gutmann
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, another artist in the collection of stolen art
Randol Schoenberg, lawyer
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
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)
Making a Killing, documentary
The "euthanasia" program led by Karl Brandt, Hitler's physician
Eric Braeden's episode on Begleyesque
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