Chronicles of Rose by David Lane
Saturday, Sept. 10, 3:30 PM
Chronicles of Rose is the story of Rose Valland, the curator of the Jeu du Paume Museum in Paris which was commandeered by the Nazis during the occupation of France in WWII. Used as a kind of clearing house for stolen and appropriated Jewish art. Jeu du Paume was a favorite spot for upper echelon Nazi officers like Hermann Goering and Baron Kurt van Behr where they would have first pick of new “acquisitions.” Rose spoke fluent German, but kept this secret from the Nazis, and quickly built connections to the French Resistance. Her notes on the coming and going of stolen art would become crucial to repatriating efforts after the war. Circumstance and fate had cast her as the unlikely hero of this chapter of French history.