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Degas’ Dust: Carnie Matisonn’s quest to regain Nazi war booty

Degas' DustCarnie Matisonn recounts his search for his great-uncle’s prized art collection in Degas’ Dust: Joburg Maverick’s Quest to Regain Nazi War Booty:

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in post-war Johannesburg, Carnie Matisonn learns of a great-uncle in occupied Norway murdered by Nazi soldiers as they looted his prized art collection.

He starts a lifelong quest to retrieve the art that takes him into the murky waters of apartheid sanctions-busting, Mossad agents, international art dealers and Nazi hunters.

Matisonn’s enthralling story – told here with journalist Charles Cilliers – embraces courage, wit and wisdom as he shows one man can achieve the impossible.

About the authors

Carnie Matisonn is an attorney, corporate adviser, commercial helicopter and fixed-wing pilot and violinist. He is a guest speaker to numerous chambers of commerce and business forums and, among other business ventures, is the owner of the Midrand Conference Centre and Villa Tuscana Wedding Village in Gauteng. He started supper theatre in South Africa, with the popular Stage Door in Hillbrow and went on to build its successor, Al Teatro in Melville.

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