The Icon Hunter

The Icon Hunter

by Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi
The Icon Hunter

The Icon Hunter

by Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi



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Tasoula Hadjitofi was only a child when her homeland, Cyprus, was invaded. As bombs fell and soldiers marched through the streets, her mother stood guard, reminding her children to not be afraid—not of the bombs or anything else that may follow. They would always have their family and their faith. Soon thereafter, Tasoula found herself homeless and nation-less. A refugee. Decades later, she's a successful entrepreneur and the honorary Cypriot consul to The Netherlands. But family and faith remained her touchstones—and she never lost her longing for "home." She often thought of the gorgeous Cypriot churches and their icons. One day, an art dealer offers her a chance to buy Cyprian icons stolen during the war. Icons hold a special place in the hearts of many Greek Cypriots. They are not just masterpieces—they are artistic manifestations of faith and a gateway to the divine.Outraged, Tasoula sets out on a quest to repatriate these artifacts. An immensely difficult task as icons often lack provenance in the eyes of the law. But she is determined. Yet the road to “The Munich Case”—the largest art trafficking sting in European history—is filled with mind games, subterfuge, global politics, and a shady figure named Van Rinj, whose motives are never entirely clear...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681773810
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 319,244
File size: 38 MB
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About the Author

Tasoula Hadjitofi was born in Famagusta, Cyprus. In 1974, she and her family were forced to flee their home due to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the outbreak of war. Tasoula has served as the Honorary Consul of Cyprus in The Netherlands and while holding this office she spent more than two decades recovering the stolen cultural and religious heritage of her homeland. Her efforts culminated in the 1997 “Munich Case,” one of the largest art trafficking sting operations in European history. She is the founder of Walk Of Truth, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage in conflict areas. She lives in the Netherlands with her family.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

A Note from the Author xiii

Introduction: Resurrection xv

1 The Set-Up 1

2 Here We Go Again 7

3 The Surprise 23

4 Date With A Devil 42

5 Refugee 50

6 The Dance 59

7 A Sign 73

8 Chasing Truth 84

9 Happy New Year! 89

10 Baptism By Fire 95

11 Life and Death 108

12 What Lies Beneath 123

13 The Birth Of An Icon Hunter 139

14 On My Own 155

15 No Justice 176

16 No Peace 196

17 The Road to Munich 206

18 Not So Funny Business 217

19 In The Name of the Father 224

20 The Return 229

21 Testing … One, Two 240

22 Capturing The Gold 247

23 Lessons Learned 259

24 Power Struggle 268

25 Tactical Warfare 274

26 The Devil Is In The Details 279

27 Return Of The Refugees 287

28 It's Criminal 294

29 Civil Unrest 302

30 Making Peace

31 Dealers of God 336

32 Walk Of Truth 338

33 It Ain't Over 342

Epilogue 343

Endnotes 347

Acknowledgments 357

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