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As a fanatic anti-Semitic who had control over the implementation of the "final solution", Hermann Goering built the most impressive collection of 20th century artworks. He shamelessly dispossessed thousands of Jewish families through a gigantic enterprise of plundering throughout Europe. Recently exhumed from the abyss of history, the Goering Catalogue offers indisputable evidence on what was one of the major lootings of the century.


For more than a decade, the number two in the Third Reich amassed a collection of more than 5,000 art works, all meticulously detailed in a catalog. But how did Hermann Goering get his hands on these works? Why did he plunder collections, mainly those belonging to Jewish families who fell victim to the Holocaust? Was it to satisfy his thirst for painting, or was he acting in the service of the Nazi regime? This documentary explores these works and where they were hidden, through extensive photos and archives. At the same time, it tells the story of Nazism’s systematic spoliation, often paid for in blood.


The Goering Catalogue is the very detailed inventory of the works of art collected by Hermann Goering, the second most powerful Nazi, after the Fuhrer. It was recently uncovered in the cabinets of the diplomatic archives of the Parisian Quai d'Orsay Museum, after 60 years of oblivion. It’s a stunning document that reveals the disturbing and paradoxical aesthetic aspirations of Nazi barbarism.


Throughout the Second World War, Goering set up a gigantic enterprise of Nazi plunder. Everything was registered, sorted, listed, numbered, dated and catalogued in a book, with the same rigor as done at all levels of the Nazi system. An incredible trail of clues that help understand how such an organization could have been possible.


We will go to the four corners of the world to meet families, experts and personalities from the art world for whom this subject remains more relevant than ever.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    52 minutes
  • Language
    English, German, French w/subtitles
  • Country
    France
  • Premiere
    US
  • Director
    Laurence Thiriat, Francois Gonce
  • Screenwriter
    Laurence Thiriat, Jean-Marc Dreyfus