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The Holocaust (1934-1945)

Germany should buy Hitler's art

Germany should buy Hitler's art

On Saturday, 14 works by Adolf Hitler fetched $446,000 at auction in Nuremberg, where the artist once made grandiloquent speeches about national art (and much else). The amount is considerable given Hitler's modest achievements as a painter. One could view the pictures as memorabilia rather than art as such, and consider the buyers to be guilty of bad taste, if not worse. But I would argue that Germany needs to hunt down as many of these works as possible and exhibit them to the public. Looking at them, and recalling their history, helps understand what happened to Germany, and the world, in the 1930s and 1940s. It's customary for Hitler's artwork to be dismissed as...