There Are More “Woman in Gold” Stories Than You Can Know


Woman in Gold isn’t just about a piece of art. It’s about remembering what can happen to families when the world isn’t paying attention.

My husband was quite adamant about seeing the movie Woman in Gold. Not because he’s a big fan of the artist Gustav Klimt or because he needed to see another Helen Mirren movie. He was insistent on not missing this film because his family lived a version of what happened in Woman in Gold, which is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

As you may know, Woman in Gold is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. She was a woman who came from a certain amount of wealth and her family, like many other well-off European families at the time, enjoyed collecting art. Much of the art of wealthy Jewish families was confiscated by the Nazis and placed either in German museums or in the homes of high level German officials. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, many families, like Altmann, tried to recover what was wrongfully taken from them. Most families didn’t own a true masterpiece like the one you may not know by name, but most probably know by sight.

This was a must-see for my husband because his family lived a version of this story. His parents and grandparents and other family members of those generations were forced to flee Nazi Germany (though some of them were not successful in trying to leave and were sent to the Nazi prison camps), leaving most of their valued possessions behind, including works of art by now well-known artists like Emil Nolde. One of those pieces of art hangs in a German museum today  — his family wasn’t able to secure its return, but there is a plaque that hangs next to it reminding any viewer that it was stolen by the Nazis and should rightfully still be in the home of someone in my husband’s family today.

Seeing this movie was extremely important to him, because it serves as an accessible reminder of the many, many families who lost so much during World War II — not just material possessions, like a beautiful work of art, but also the family members who died and those who were separated and forced to flee their homes only to be sent in many directions to begin their lives again.

Woman in Gold should be a must see for history buffs, art lovers and those who care about family history.

You can win your own Blu-ray DVD copy of Woman in Gold, as well as $100 VISA gift card (a $135 value)! Leave a comment in this post, and we’ll pick one name a random to receive the prize package no later than July 20!

I was compensated for this post, but all views, which I had after I saw the movie in theater, are my own.

  • mami2jcn

    Helen Mirren is great! I’d like to see this film.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • Kim Henrichs

    I love this cast and the story is amazing. Can’t wait to see this one!

  • Neighbor55

    Sheila Luecht, When I went to see this movie, I went with my son. I wanted to be sure an

  • HS kraftmaking

    Helen Mirren, can’t wait to see this movie.

  • Kira Carter

    Makes me wonder how much of what is in museums is stolen work!

  • juanciccone

    Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see this movie in theaters but when I saw the trailer, I immediately felt drawn to it. I would love to win this giveaway because it seems like an amazing story. I love how you shared about your husband’s family’s experience. It’s a shame his family wasn’t able to secure that piece of art that rightly belongs to them. It’s so terrible what the Nazis did to Jewish families, making them off to be less than human and stripping them of their life and belongings. I’ve only recently come to know what it truly feels like to feel less than human because I was raped a couple months ago. Didn’t mean to get personal myself, but it sucks that your husband’s family didn’t receive justice and reclaim what is theirs. I hope my entry is considered and thank you so much for the opportunity! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Elena

    I have seen this movie and loved it. Thank you for the giveaway!
    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

  • Ariel Dougherty

    Agree, an important movie and piece of history. Altmann ultimately succeeds in getting her painting. So many have not, as you aptly point out. Monuments Men underscores many works were destroyed. The Russians took many. A much earlier film, The Train, shows how the Resistance worked to save art from leaving France at the end of WW2. Cultural patrimony is a part of one’s identity and sense of place.

  • Marc Stevens

    A terrific movie, and you are right. There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of similar stories, albeit on a smaller scale. My widowed German-Jewish grandmother got her three children to safety in the UK, but was unable to escape Germany herself. She then took her own life in July of ’39 rather than submit. In the 1950’s, the family’s Bosendorfer concert grand piano was offered to my aunt by its then German owner, at a significant price. The nerve!

  • lisasolod

    A dear friend of mine had this happen to her family. It took them until 2005!!!!!!!! to get their painting.

  • Stacy Libby

    It is my husband’s family story too. We are going to watch this movie with my young daughter.

  • latanya t

    I would love to watch this movie!

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  • This movie looks really interesting. Thank you!

  • I had never heard of this movie until today. The cast is amazing so it is a definite must-see. I love that it is based on a true story.

  • neiddy

    I enjoy watching true story movies and this one seems to be a very interesting one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • HDGK

    I love the cast and storyline, but I haven’t had a chance to watch this yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jennifer Ann Hayden

    Looks like a great movie. Ryan Reynolds is my favorite actor. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Julie Wood

    I love true stories made into movies, and this movie looks so intriguing and I want to see it! I love Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in movies! Such good actors!

    my email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

  • I want to see this movie! I really like the cast.


  • Chantelle Walker

    I would have been happy with just the movie! Woman in Gold is an incredible story and I’m glad it was made into a movie 🙂 I hope to add this to my collection, so fingers crossed 🙂

  • latanya t

    I would love to see this movie

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  • Geraldine

    Saw this movie. Helen is a great as always, and Tatiana Maslany is so incredible talented- she should be the next big thing! 🙂

  • AnnaZed

    This is such a fascinating story. I remember reading about it in the Times. Besides, who can resist Helen Mirren!
    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Joan Kubes

    I think I’ll like that this is about a moment in history. It sounds very interesting to me.

  • Renee Stacey

    I really would love to see this movie, thanks for the chance.


  • Alicia B

    I didn’t know what this movie was about until reading this post. Now I have to see it.

  • shellypeterson

    This looks like a great movie, I like that it’s based on a true story and has great actors in it.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  • Lisa Brown

    Looks like a good movie; I have always liked Helen Mirren.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  • Joanne Bamberger

    Thanks for all the comments! We put everyone’s name in “the hat” and the winner is ….. Stacy Libby! Congrats! Let us know best e-mail for you!

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