Imbroglios – Verwicklungen
This book is the result of more than a year and a half of research and tells of three things: first the history of two courageous men, Ernst and Walter Proehl, a banker, art collector and his son, during the First and Second World War. These two German bankers, who were naturalized in the Netherlands, were sandwiched in an unprecedented manner in the Second World War by their former fatherland as well as by the Netherlands, bureaucratically and un-bureaucratically.
The Germans saw the two as ‘friends of Jews’. In fact they were. And both they were suspected of a direct and indirect role in the resistance. At the end of the Second World War, the Dutch government put a spoke in their wheel by providing ‘anti-aid’ in the recovery of paintings and art objects. Secondly the book shows a picture of the financial world under the pressure of German aggression and oppression during the Second World War.
A piece of story gets exposed that gives the reader an insight into the under-cover robbery activities of the German side, as it has not been told in school books. And it tells of the disappearance and reappearance of some of the most important works of art from the history of art.
The book is available in German and Dutch.