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Simon Goodman’s grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. His father rarely spoke of their family history or heritage. But when he passed away, and Simon received his father’s old papers, a story began to emerge. The Gutmanns, as they were known then, rose from a small Bohemian hamlet to become one of Germany’s most powerful banking families. They also amassed a magnificent, world-class art collection that included works by Degas, Renoir, Botticelli, Guardi, and many, many others. But the Nazi regime snatched from them everything they had worked to build: their remarkable art, their immense wealth, their prominent social standing, and their very lives. With the help of his family, Simon initiated the first Nazi looting case to be settled in the United States.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a novelist’s narrative gifts, Goodman movingly portrays his family’s victimization by the Nazis and the post-war repercussions of those events…In combining a modern-day detective story with nuanced context for its importance, Goodman produces much more than another Holocaust book."

    Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • “This is a magnificent book, both poignant and chilling. Ultimately it stands as testimony to how family stories can grip across generations, and how fierce is the impulse to right wrongs. It is very moving indeed—a huge achievement.”

    Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

  • “A remarkable achievement. The Nazis stole the Gutmann family’s art and tried to erase them from history; they almost succeeded. Here,now, with the sweep of a pen and the diligence of a crime reporter, author Simon Goodman has restored his family’s legacy. Shocking, stunning and totally unputdownable, The Orpheus Clock is an absolute must read.”

    Annie Jacobsen, New York Times bestselling author of Operation Paperclip

  • “When [Goodman’s] father died at the age of eighty…letters, documents, and other correspondences revealed a trove of family secrets that led Goodman and his family on a quest for both justice and discovery of their family history…The search is still ongoing, but this account of the struggle so far is both arresting and poignant, combining elements of a family chronicle and an intricate detective story.”

    Booklist

  • “Goodman’s story is alternately wrenching and inspiring…extraordinary…An emotional tale of unspeakable horrors, family devotion, and art as a symbol of hope.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Simon Goodman was born in London shortly after WWII and educated at the French Lycée in London, then at Munich University. He entered the music business in the late 1960s, specializing in breaking new British artists abroad. Goodman is married to the actress and teacher May Quigley and has one son and three daughters. He lives in Los Angeles where his search for his family’s treasures continues.