Hunt for the Amber Room
Original title: Jacht op de barnsteenkamer
It might very well be the biggest missing piece of art in history: the amber room. A room made of valuable amber which sovereign Frederick I of Prussia had built in the eighteenth century. His son inherited the room, who gave the artwork to the Russian tsar Peter the Great, after which it continued to amaze two centuries worth of visitors of the Russian Empire. After 1945, the room disappeared without a trace. How it is possible that a whole room vanished into thin air?
Jerker Spits brings the answer to this question closer to the surface. He writes about treasure hunter’s hopes and illusions, their love for art and the cruelty of history itself. Hunt for the Amber Room is about a quest set against the backdrop of defining events in twentieth-century European history: the Russian Revolution, the rise of the Third Reich, the end of the Second World War and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Jerker Spits deals with everything there is to know about amber.