TRAITOR TO HERO by Lázaro Droznes

The Vermeer faker who cheated the Dutch and the Nazis

The incredible story of Han van Meegeren, the Dutch painter who produced faked Vermeers, fooled his Dutch fellowmen, sold one to Herman Goering, and finally had to confess his forgeries to save himself from the death penalty, accused for high treason. Aft

Traitor to hero

The incredible story of Han van Meegeren, the Dutch painter who produced faked Vermeers, fooled his Dutch fellowmen, sold one to Herman Goering, and finally had to confess his forgeries to save himself from the death penalty, accused for high treason. After the trial he became a national hero for cheating the Nazis.

Han van Meegeren, was a Dutch painter who during World War II painted   Vermeers considered as better than the originals, cheated the entire artistic community and even Herman Goering, and finally had to confess his fakes to save himself from the high treason charges for dealing with the enemy.

This dramatic fiction is based on the impressive story of Han van Meegeren in the 1930s and during the Second World War, who managed to forge and sell 6 Vermeers and two Franz Hals for an updated amount of 100 million dollars. One of the Vermeers was purchased by Herman Goering, second in the hierarchy of the Third Reich. At the end of World War II van Meegeren had to face the accusation of being a traitor to the country and had to confess his forgery to save his life.

These confessions were an earthquake in the pictorial community of Holland and the whole world, since their falsifications had been accepted unanimously, and one of them, the “Christ in Emmaus” was considered the best Vermeer of them all.

This fiction, based on real events, leads us to reflect on the concept of authenticity in art and the validity of traditional concepts of truth and beauty: A painting is no longer beautiful when it is discovered as forgery? Why people lose interest in a work of arte if it is not authentic? Why the human nature won´t allow us to enjoy the aesthetics of a fake Vermeer we did enjoy before finding out? Is the art business a hoax?

Purchase this book to find out how a Dutch fooled the Nazis and became a national hero!

 

Genre: ART / General

Secondary Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers

Language: English

Keywords: Hitler, nazi, nazism, Goering, art, art fakes, art forgery, xxx

Word Count: 8765

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Product details

File Size: 3688 KB
Print Length: 44 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: UNITEXTO Digital Publishing (November 22, 2018)
Publication Date: November 22, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07KTDGCY4
Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
X-Ray:
Not Enabled 
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Screen Reader: Supported 
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled 


Sample text:

TRAITOR TO HERO

An office crammed with papers and folders. A small, 55-year-old man, Han van Meegeren, with sparse, gray hair, is waiting impatiently. Suddenly, Joseph Piller, a man around 35 years old, tall, well built, and athletic, bursts into the room.

Piller

My name is Piller, Joseph Piller. I apologize for the delay.

Van Meegeren

Piller? Joseph Piller. The hero of the Resistance?

Piller

I was no hero. I did what I had to do.

Van Meegeren

Your participation in the Resistance is an example for the Dutch nation. I have heard about your deeds.

Piller

They are history already. We must now make order in this chaos.

Van Meegeren

How can I help?

Piller

You are here because there are a series of suspicious behaviors that require some clarification.

Van Meegeren

Please go ahead.

Piller

When the Nazis invaded, the Jewish community panicked. Around 150 Jews committed suicide the week after the invasion and many of them left works of art behind.

Van Meegeren

Yes, it was tremendous.

Piller

Many Dutch paintings that belonged to these Jewish families were bought by Germans.

Van Meegeren

I know.

Piller

During the war, you established a close friendship with Alois Miedl. Correct?

Van Meegeren

Correct.

Piller

Alois Miedl was the purchasing agent for Herman Goering in Amsterdam. What was the exact nature of your relationship with Miedl?

Van Meegeren

Friends, guild mates, we were interested in the same things. Why do you ask?


Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

LanguageStatus
French
Translation in progress. Translated by SANDRINE THOMAS
Italian
Already translated. Translated by Monja Areniello
Portuguese
Already translated. Translated by Andrea Duarte
Author review:
Very good experience! Good translation.

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