Goering and Hitler sparked a mini-boom in art stolen from murdered Jews. They had “endless reserves of cash” and bought fast.

 In 1937, Goering’s art scout came across a newly discovered “Vermeer” — actually a van Meegeren — “Christ With the Woman Taken in Adultery.” Despite the fact that it looked nothing like most Vermeers, it was taken to be authentic and priced at 2 million Dutch gilders, $10 million today. Goering hemmed and hawed, finally trading 137 other artworks for his dubious prize.
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