Peter Sachs was only a year old in 1938 when the Nazis seized his father’s collection of rare posters and the Jewish family fled to the United States. He returned to Germany on Tuesday for the first time in nearly seven decades to try to recover the thousands of first-run prints that could be worth as much as $50 million. Walking through the German Historical Museum, which holds what is left of the collection, he gazed contemplatively at the colorful works, his first glimpse of the placards that had been so precious to his father, Hans.
“It’s a little bit difficult to describe, I’m still trying to take it all in,” the retired US Airways pilot said as he looked at a poster advertising a trade convention in Dresden from 1911. “I wish I had all day to spend here.”