The von Kleinemann family was steeped in culture going back to 1790. They were in possession of some of the original sheet music of eighteenth and nineteenth-century famous composers like Mozart, Bach, Hayden, Mahler and more. They had figured out that in future years, they could be considered invaluable. They were used as collateral for loans that were worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars. However, the occasional sale of these collector’s items was not enough to sustain the lavish lifestyle of Victoria, the last of the family dynasty.
In 1943, at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, before Walter had arrived, one individual had the foresight to create blank music sheets that the musicians of those times would use to create their music. The problem arose when the family member, who created some of the forged documents, died of a sudden heart attack. The counterfeiting of these music sheets stopped and panic set in. One of the men of the group remembered, that Walter Donleavy was a counterfeit genius. He knew him because they were in the same concentration camp in 1945. There was treachery on both sides of the Atlantic, in trying to get Walter to come to Vienna and create the forgeries.