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Forging the Führer: inside the sinister trend for fake Hitler paintings

Unbeknownst to many, the market for faked Hitler paintings is thriving. But who is buying them—and why?

By Richard J Evans   May 2019

Deceptive: the fake Vermeer sold to Göring. Photo: Shutterstock

A few months ago, on 24th January, German police raided an auction house in Berlin and impounded three paintings by Adolf Hitler. The police said they had reason to believe the paintings were fakes, and that the auction house was selling items belonging to third parties under false pretences. The raid made headlines across the world. Almost any story involving Hitler does.

Why would anybody want to create a fake Hitler painting? The answer…

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